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    1. Bomb the Twist
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    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Three Japanese gals with tenuous command of the English language but a definite knowledge of good ol' garage trash & roll. Unlike many of their retro cohorts who recreate the sound and feel of '60s psych pop and punk, the's romp through '50s-styled raves with panache. What they lack in vocals they make up for in musical proficiency. All six tunes are outstanding. --Adem Tepedelen ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Crazy Fun Surf/Garage Rock
    I realize how wrong this sounds, but for many years rock has suffered badly from a lack of total stupidity. Think about it (yes, I also see the irony in analyzing the importance of stupidity in American music). In the early days, rock was mindless to the point of incoherence - and it was fun. Where have you gone, Wooly Bully? Come back, Louie Louie (but only the versions where you can't tell what they're saying). Alas, Surfin Bird ("B-B-B-Bird, bird, bird. Bird is the word") has flown. The poetry of "A wop bop a lu bop, a lop bam boom" - who writes that for us now? Nowadays, rockers are just not willing to get that stupid. Blame Dylan, if you must, but the fun-o-meter has been running on empty for years.

    Well, after seeing The's performance in Kill Bill, Vol 1, I am thrilled that our long national nightmare is over. In lieu of domestic incoherence, we can now revel in the linguistic and cultural confusion that have made Japanese horror movies almost as hysterically funny as the English translations of electronics product manuals. In The's, we have a female Japanese power trio attempting to recycle the Ronettes hair-do's and matching dresses circa 1962, surf guitar, ambiance from Shindig, and lyrics that I truly hope they cannot even remotely comprehend. Not that most of these lyrics are comprehensible in any known language.

    Take the title cut of this all-too-short EP, "Bomb The Twist." When they scream "C'mon everybody, Bomb the Twist!" it is at once impossible and irrelevant to know whether the band's intentions are to celebrate the Twist, destroy it, dance it with extreme enthusiasm, or whether we are hearing blissful randomness from folks who don't speak the language but enjoy how the words sound (personally, I believe "all of the above" is the correct answer). Totally rock & roll. This may just be the most anarchic fun possible in under three minutes time.

    The obvious choice for a band like this is to cover nonsense songs from back in the day, and this EP features the old chestnut "Woo Hoo," the Rock-A-Teens' one hit wonder re-made famous by The's performance in Kill Bill. Since the only lyrics consist of "woo" and "hoo," it is universal, international, meaningless and incoherent. There is no angst in woo, nor any in hoo. Especially not with the chirpy delivery here. And the lyrical content is even lower in "Jane in the Jungle," which sounds about exactly like you'd expect from the title. Jungle noises, whoops and guitars. Speaking of guitars, consider "Guitar Date," in which we learn that when you date a Japanese girl, you should bring your guitar - that's all these girls seem to remember.

    Not everything here works. The remake of The Coasters "Three Cool Cats" (now gender-altered to "Three Cool Chicks") shows The's are much better at Dick Dale and the Kingsmen than Gene Vincent. Similarly, "Dream Boy" indicates that tough girls should leave the swooning poodle skirt stuff to Leslie Gore. But the other cuts are devastating, and despite frequent comments that The's are "primitive," the lead guitarist has all the chops needed for this genre and the drummer is terrific. Fun, fun, fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
    Thanx again Quentin. When you think you heard it all he comes up with the 5,6,7,8's. Who? Well Kill Bill did it for me. So whenever you feel bored with todays or for that matter any music listen to "Guitar Date". That's what it's all about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just a lot of fun.
    "Woo Hoo" pretty much sums up the album. Although I am very familure with the J-Pop scene, I had never run across this group before Kill Bill. But I am so happy that they were included in the movie. There music just brings a smile to your face when you hear it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Woo Hoo!
    Bomb the Twist is fifteen minutes of fun with "Three Cool Chicks". The 5, 6, 7, 8's bring it with six tracks that are very hard to rank by favorites. If I had to pick three favorites on the CD, I'd have to say the fiery title track, "Bomb the Twist", followed by "Dream Boy" and "Guitar Date".

    When I got the CD, I was thrilled to find out that "Woo Hoo" was on the CD. I bought the CD right after I saw "Kill Bill", and they played "Woo Hoo" in the restaurant scene in that movie. I can't get enough of "Woo Hoo" or the 5, 6, 7, 8's. I'm here to pick up another CD tonite.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Three cool chicks...
    Is this a great album?...No. Is it a fun album?...Yes!!!. I discovered the 5,6,7,8's while browsing music here at I started out with their more recent CD "Teenage Mojo Workout" and liked it enough to purchase this one. Their English isn't the best but I kind of like it that adds a unique flavor to the music. Instrumentally they are sound and capture the sound of 50's style rock. My favorite cuts on this CD are Bomb the Twist, Three Cool Chicks, and Dream Boy. These girls sing and play their heart out and I appreciate it. ... Read more

    2. Hi Hi Puffy Amiyumi
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    3. 200 Km/H in the Wrong Lane
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    Two comely teenage lesbian lovers from Russia who happen to sing? That seems more like marketing masterstroke than pop music likelihood, so it's fair to question the authenticity of t.A.T.u.'s English language debut. It's impossible to know where t.A.T.u.'s talent begins and ends and just how much influence their various handlers and producer Trevor Horn had over 200 Km/h in the Wrong Lane, but it's probably a moot point to the intended demographic. Horn's background working with electro-pop dandies Pet Shop Boys and Frankie Goes to Hollywood is evident in the crisp, driving synth cushioning singers Lena Katina and Julia Volkova's gossamer vocals. Wink-nudge lyrical references to girls loving girls--presented in serviceable if phonetic English--are in evidence, though they're more coy than graphic. "All the Things She Said," a sparkly, chorus-driven rave-up, seems to make the case for sexual equality, while "Show Me Love"--which appears in regular and extended versions--is a dance floor missive aimed straight at the clubs. Best, though, is an unintentionally ironic cover of the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now." The song, a benchmark of loneliness and hopelessness, is utterly transformed into a chirpy duet which, all things considered, may be the best gimmick of all! --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE THEM TO DEATH!
    I love this CD, it's because of this CD that I've decided to learn Russian. Now it's only fair to say that this CD has really only 8 tracks, track 9 & 10 are the real/Russian versions of the songs "Not Gonna Get Us" and "All The Things She Said" and track 11 is an Extended version of "Show Me Love" which is track 3 on the CD. If I had one favorite song on the CD it would have to be "MALCHIK GAY" which translated into english means "GAY BOY" but that's my only personal chanson-de-choix. I definitly recommend this CD if you like kinda-angry music, dance, and altogether great to me. Hope you enjoy it. Also if you listen to track 5 and like the theme song to "CHARMED" then you'll definitly like "HOW SOON IS NOW?".

    5-0 out of 5 stars t.A.T.u. hits America
    Finally t.A.T.u.'s 200KM/H in the Wrong Lane has been released in the U.S. These two girls are cute, look wonderful together as a couple and have complimentary voices. Their songs are often about young gay/lesbian love but anyone can relate to them. The first single, "All the things she said" is an incredible dance song and is just as good in Russian. The techno-dance music on this CD is ground-breaking. Their voices take a listen or two to get used to but then you'll be hooked. Their remake of the Smith's "How soon is now" is utterly compelling. Other CD highlights are the title track "Not gonna get us," "Clowns" and the bubbly "Malchik Gay". Trevor Horn does a great job in (over)production and let's hope this is just the beginning of more energetic dance music from t.A.T.u.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Impressed
    I must say that this album kicks butt. Not only am i impressed by the lyrics and beats, which astounded me even more on how fluent these girls are at english and russion, but the fact that these girls dont give a $hit about what other people think. One thing that puzzled me though was why Japans album got bonus tracks, but not europes or the US one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good CD
    I got this CD because I liked "All the Things She Said" and it was only 7 dollars. It turned out to be pretty good. The girls may or may not be a novelty act, but if it is all just an act, it's one that works so well. Their voices sound really good together, and most of the songs are pretty good. "All the Things She Said" is good, but I also love "Not Gonna Get Us", "Show Me Love", and "How Soon Is Now". The other songs are good, but those songs really stand out to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Honestly, the Best CD I've ever heard! Utterly Amazing!
    I first heard tATu in early 2003 or so. I heard their first single, "All The Things She Said" on the radio, and I loved it. Then, about a half a year later, my friend got their CD and literally just raved about how awesome and addictive it was. I really wanted to hear all their other songs, so I went out and bought it. It is utterly amazing! I thought it would be good... but not this good! I kept listening to it over and over again. It is so addicting. The pop/rock sound mixed with techno influences of each song along with the unique vocal flare of Julia Volkova and Lena Katina make it incredibly addictive. Even now, months and months later, I still listen to this album practically everyday. There is much speculation as to whether or not Julia and Lena are actually lovers in their personal lives. In my opinion, it does not matter. Speaking personally as a teenage homosexual male, these lyrics are truly an accurate and honest expression of the angst, loneliness, and depression that you go through as a homosexual person. They are expressed with genuiness and honesty that no other artist has captured before. I love how poetic and respectful the lyrics are. The fact that this is being put out there for people to buy and hear is truly powerful. There are 11 tracks, but 8 of them are original, and they are as follows:

    1.Not Ganna Get Us- Truly awesome song with a techno flare. It's about running away from society with the person you love... like a fantasty song. The only bad aspect is that it can get repetative. 4/5

    2.All The Things She Said- Great song! It's basically expressing the general angst of being in love and no one understands your love, and it's driving you insane. Great poetic lines, and not as repetative as track 1. 5/5

    3.Show Me Love- Has a very cool russian opening where Julia and Lena are talking on the phone. I love how this album incorporates some russian into the english songs. This song is a very upbeat dance track. It's about being lonely and wanting someone to show you love. It contains my favorite lines on the CD. When expressing why you're attracted to someone they sing that it's "like a game of pick-up-sticks, played by f***in' lunatics" Also, the only hardcore cuss word on the CD. Great Song! 5/5

    4.30 Minutes- Very creepy! It's a ballad. There's this creepy laughter in the background that adds a very eerie feeling, especially if you're alone. It's about making decisions. wonderful song! 5/5

    5.How Soon Is Now?- a cover of the Smith's song. I've heard both. I know I might get lacerated for this, but this version is significantly better. Probably the most rock influenced track. A truly honest expression of loneliness and needing love. Arguable my favorite. 5/5

    6.Clowns(Can You See Me Now?)-Very techno influenced. Probably the most poetic and metaphorical lyrics. It can have 2 interpretations in my opinion. One is how ignorant people shield themselves from what they don't understand. Or, I also interpret it as an expression of wanting the object of your love to see you and that you love them, but they're so consumed with everyone around them that they can't. Can get repetative though. 4/5

    7.Malchik Gay- It means "Gay Boy". Probably the most american sounding song. It's about being in love, but the person you love is taken. Incredibly relatable. It might get annoying to some though with the repitition. But, it's arguable one of my favorites just because of the topic and lyrics. 5/5

    8.Stars- Truly Captivating! The girls go back and forth from verses in english to verses of russian rap. The russian sounds so awesome. I love songs in different languages, and to also have english in it is very cool. The saxophone in it provides for a very smooth melody. It's a very slow and soothing song. It's basically just about how it shouldn't have to be this hard for homosexual people in society. Great Song! 5/5

    9.Ya sashla s uma- original russian version of "All The Things She Said" It's very cool to hear it in russian and go back and forth between this and the english version. Because the girls are singing in their native language, the passion in their vocals really stands out. Very cool to listen to. 5/5

    10.Nas Ne Dagonjat- original russian version of "Not Ganna Get Us" Again, very cool to listen to the russian version. It makes you want to learn russian! lol. 5/5

    11.Show Me Love(Extended Version)- This is the extended version of Show Me Love. If you like the original, you'll like this. It has a different opening that's more rock oriented. Awesome! 5/5

    This album is truly amazing! The lyrics are very genuine and honest, and it truly expresses a soul that is tormented by the angst, depression, and loneliness that encompasses being different. It expresses the shameful shyness that homosexual people experience in their lives. The lyrics are also written in a very illusive way to where not just homosexual people, but that everyone can relate to. Regardless of whether or not Julia and Lena are actually homosexual in their personal lives, the fact that they do express it and put it out for people to hear is awesome. I encourage you to purchase this utterly amazing and expressive album. You will not be dissapointed. It is a must have! ... Read more

    4. Nice
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    The cover art pays droll homage to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In for Peace, but the music inside is straight Paul McCartney. From the bubbling synthesizers and insistent disco rhythms of "Tokyo Nights" to the shouty glam-rock swagger of the "Teen Titans Theme," this is exactly the kind of giddy Wings-influenced power-pop that producer Andy Sturmer once attempted to revive with his own band, Jellyfish. Never mind that the most of it is sung in Japanese. With ska beats percolating through "K2G" and 12-string Rickenbackers chiming on "Sayonara," this serves as the ideal follow-up to Puffy AmiYumi's 2002 sampler, An Illustrated History. Now it's time to devour them. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Flawless J-Pop Goddesses Produced by Underground Pop God
    Puffy AmiYumi are nothing short of a phenomenon in their native Japan. Coming together as a twinkle in the eyes of Japanese rock star Tamio Okuda and influential pop demi god Andy Sturmer (ex Jellyfish), Puffy have been churning out awesome CDs for years. "Nice," is their latest and GREATEST (as well as being the first produced in its entirety by Sturmer). The songs and performances are first rate, and the girls have never sounded better. Unlike some of Puffy's past efforts, Nice NEVER gets thin. Every song here is a gem. Most are sung in Japanese, but some, like "Planet Tokyo,", "Your Love is a Drug," and "Teen Titans," are sung in english. Listen to the beautiful, "Angel of Love" and "Thank-You," and you'll hear echoes of "Ram era" Mc Cartney. "Red Swing" or "Invisible Tomorrow"? (Ramones/Strokes) rock intensity at it finest. "Nice," has wonderfully eclectic surprises around every corner. and will undoubtedly be wearing out any J-Pop enthusiast's CD player for the unforeseeable future. I love this CD, can you tell?

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Nice" is an understatement!
    Although this is the US release and has a few more songs sung in English it will more than likely be the same fun, beautiful and exciting Japanese release I've enjoyed since February of this year.
    Puffy AmiYumi are two beautiful Japanese women who were thrown together after being discovered in a talent search. Their voices are so similiar it sound like they're double tracking the vocals, but it's just them singing in unison. They have a compilation out called "An Illustrated History" that I highly recommend as it was the disc that turned me on to them. It also has a few songs sung in English, and they are written, as are all the song on "Nice", by ex-Jellyfish lead singer/songwriter/drummer, Andy Sturmer, who produces and plays almost everthing on the record. This is the closest we'll get to a new Jellyfish album. The songs run the gamut of styles and genres as all the Puffy AmiYumi CD's do. The Beatles, The Who, the Buggles, ELO, Abba, Queen, Jellyfish, of course; a plethora of classic rock influnces that keep the record moving constantly. I know some will be jolted by stylistic changes, but all the songs are so well written and arranged it won't even matter- even if you can't understand what they're singing. I've learned to sing phoneticaly! The Japanese have done this with American music for years! Basically, this album smears the line between east and west pop/rock.
    If music is the universal language
    then Puffy AmiYumi speak volumes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love love love this album!
    I love this album! I didn't think that this could be as good as the teen titans theme song but this is flawless with styles ranging from 70's pop (K2G) to all out j-rock(love is a drug).But my all-time favourite song has to be planet tokyo which is puffy amiyumi at their finest.The Yoko and lennon cd cover is great too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great JPOP Fun! Pure Madness!
    A very fun album! Just great feel-good music. I don't know what they are saying most of the time but I can still dance to it. Give it a try! You won't regret it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun, light and innocent
    I love this so much! As a "Top 40 Billboard" fan, I find most of my music difficult to listen to around my younger relatives and the kids I babysit for, while their music drives me a little wacko. This is something I can listen to with them and it really brightens up the mood. It's so fun and sweet and clean. I've never bought any Japanese music, and my reason for buying was hearing the tiny clip on, and then taking a chance, and I liked it better then I thought I would. It's something I can listen to over and over and still not get sick of. ... Read more

    5. Exodus
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, but shouldn't be compared to previous work...
    Utada FINALLY makes her long awaited American debut, and this is the result. I must say this is one of the more refreshing releases of the year. The songs are funky, and they are different from what you normally hear on the radio these days.

    This album is for anyone who wants something different, new, and exciting. The lyics aren't your average everyday stuff that you hear a million times a day when you turn on your local pop station. They are more playful, and generally are just fun to listen and sing along to. The album includes a mixture of genres, from rock to pop to electronica to experimental. There's no way to classify it.

    Recommended songs: "Kremlin Dusk," "Hotel Lobby," "Animato," and "The Workout." There are plenty of other great songs, but those are just a few.

    A few of you techno/clubbin' freaks may recognise "Devil Inside"...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like no other!
    This CD is absolutely amazing! Okay, I am a Hikaru fan from before, so you might think I'm biased, but just listen! Utada's album offers amazing wittiness and creativity she barely showed in any of her Japanese albums.

    Track wise, Easy Breezy seems to be the "black sheep" song of the album. At a first listen, it sounds woefully cheesy. But if you listen more and more, the song begins to grow on you, and you get more into the mood of what Hikaru is trying to express! Although most of the songs ARE actually fun dance tracks (The Workout, Devil Inside), some other ones offer depth and originality at a second play, like "You Make Me Wanna Be a Man."

    The entire CD is great, unlike other popular artists who simply make one or two good songs, and make the rest of the album trashy filler tracks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars She has sold over 17 Million Albums in Japan and She's only!
    I finally got this CD in the mail yesterday and I have to say I am definately pleased with Utadas American debut album. I was so mad when after like a week, none of the music stores around had the cd in stock...I wanted to go in and pick it up off of the shelves! I ended up buying it off of instead T_T. I have been listening to this cd since I got it constantly. There was maybe a 20 minute period where I wasn't listening to it and then I was just humming the lyrics to myself, lol. I will admit that I am not in love with all of the songs on this track but it is rare that you ever are. There are maybe 3 songs I think could be better with different background sounds..just listen and maybe you will the album and maybe you will understand ^_^. The lyrics on this album are extremely catchy (I spell that right?) and I'm just going to list the top 5 on this album... 1. Kremlin Dusk (I love the inclusion of Edgar Allen Poe) 2. Exodus '04 (I downloaded a video clip of her singing this one and have been hooked ever since) 3. Devil Inside (there are a few versions of this song and it is in the top 10 on billboard for trance) 4. Hotel Lobby (this one has been stuck in my head all this morning) 5. The Workout (I have listened to this maybe 20 times already and I still love it)

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Hikki Is Awsome!!
    From her angelic voice to her original blends of beats and melodies Utada will have anyone out of their seats and on their "Tippy Toes". I've been a big Hikki fan for three years now and she always seems to surprise me. Exodus has something for everyone and once you listen to it you won't want to stop. Hikki does a wonderful job with this album that sounds so different from all the same melodies we hear over and over so it's kind of refreshing. And with the help of Timbaland and Jon Theodore from Mars Volta they come up with some of the greatest beats. FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exodus
    Exodus is a wonderful album! It's fun, it's exciting, it's Utada! (What more could you want?!) And for a US debut, it's got a distinctly Japanese flavor - particularly tracks like Exodus '04 and Devil Inside.

    Opening is a good introduction. The vocals are lovely, and the music is kind of subtle in a very charming way. I loved how the album started, it really set the mood for the rest of the CD.

    Devil Inside (which can be heard at is a very good and exciting song. It's basically saying that everybody wants her to be something perfect, and she can't be. (They don't know I burn... maybe there's a devil, or something like it, inside of me). It's fun to listen to, and it's one of the top singles right now!

    Exodus '04 is probably my favorite track. It's mostly just a song about shifting into a new life and lifestyle, and leaving the old ones behind. The music is awesome, too!

    The Workout... not my favorite track, but not bad. It's fun to listen to, and her vocals are fresh and excited. It makes me want to go to clubbing!

    Easy Breezy has some interesting lyrics. "You're Eazy Breezy and I'm Japaneesy." ^o^ The video is fun, and the song is a little hopeless in some places. It's saying that she remembers how it once was, but now she means nothing to her significant other.

    Tippy toe! I didn't like the subject matter, but it is a cool song to listen to if you ignore the words (but not her lovely voice of course!) She and a married man are having an affair in this song! *gasp* Hikki, how could you! Well, she thinks he's really sexy, so I guess it's okay!

    Hotel Lobby is a kind of sad song, about the life of a prostitute, but not so obviously that you could tell immediately. It's just a soft gesture in that direction...

    Animato is a song that has an edge to it of some sadness and reminscence, and some mentions of singers that she likes (Led Zepplin, Elvis, Freddy Mercury of Queen, etc).

    Crossover Interlude is basically the same as Opening, but with different music.

    Kremlin Dusk is one of my favorite tracks on this CD. It's a melancholy song, with an allusion to The Raven, and some spectacular vocals. The music is wonderful, especially in the latter parts of the song. The imagery is amazing, and it is a very powerful song. Sounds likea harpsichord... YAY! Any Tori Amos fan should love harpsichords, so if Utada has a harpsichord in one of my favorite songs by her...

    You Make Me Want to Be A Man. Well, maybe she wishes she was attracted to females so she would never have fallen for the man in the song? Or maybe she's got some personal problems... ^_^ I love you, Hikki, but this doesn't make much sense!

    Wonder 'bout is about caring for an ex, I suppose. She's talking about memories, and how he doesn't care or remember. Haven't we all gone through that...?

    Let Me Give You My Love is a blatant sex song. I'm not big on sex songs. I much prefer songs like Kremlin Dusk, or love ballads. But the music is good, so it doesn't take away from the album. I enjoy listening to it, but I do prefer some of the other songs.

    About Me has very simple music, and awesome vocals, so she has the opportunity to flaunt her singing and songwriting abilities, which are of course spectacular!

    As a fan of her Japanese music, this was an interesting change of pace. Her style has not wavered, so if you loved Deep River, Distance, and First Love, Exodus will make a great addition to your music collection. And if you've never heard any of those albums or the songs on them, as long as you love clear, strong vocals and dance music, as well as well-written lyrics and fun beats, this album is good for you too! ... Read more

    6. Smile
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
    I give three stars to this particular release of Smile, not the album itself. The album itself is amazing, a showcase for the seasoned musicianship this band possess.

    After driving all over the greater Chicago area for nearly ten hours trying to find a copy, this version of Smile proved to be a disappointment. An unasked for and uneccesary "bonus" track ruins what was an amusing end to a long awaited album, a song (Spirit dreams inside) already previously released years earlier but rerecorded for this album.

    Aside from that were the transliterations that were previously mentioned in another review. These transliterations are horrible, incorrect and unprofessional. They are hardly useful to anyone who is used to reading romaji, because the words are mispelled or lacking spaces between. And most of those already loyal to this band are used to looking at romaji and few have found the transliterations to be anything other than an insult, both to their own intellegence (like we wouldn't notice some of glaring mistakes) and to the work of L'Arc~en~Ciel themselves.

    I recommend buying the Japanese version, unless you're really strapped for cash. Yes, it's not as cheap, but it's hardly listed at a high import cost on Amazon (it's about $8 above retail, which isn't bad at all). I especially recommend trying to find a copy of the first pressing, as it came with a DVD as well (Tofu Records decided not to release the American version this way, for whatever reason).

    5-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY I can buy it here!
    I was very excited to find an ad for Smile in Newtype magazine saying it was being released in the US. As a fan (though not a rabid one) of L'arc~en~Ciel and Hyde, I was so happy that I would finally be able to walk into a music store in my town and pick one up, without the hassle of buying one online for outrageous import prices.

    The music on the cd is excellent. My favorite is track 2, Ready Steady Go (though I love Fullmetal Alchemist, so maybe I'm biased). The lyrics and the music are just amazing. Track 3, Lover Boy, is also very cool, with its mix of Japanese and English.

    What I really enjoyed about the whole album is that it comes with lyrics, both in Kanji and the romanized version, so non-character readers can look at the lyrics and sing along.

    This is a great CD for any collection, whether you want to add to your Japanese collection or try something new. L'arc~en~Ciel is a great band to start off with. Their talent is just... amazing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars At Long Last...
    After over a decade of releasing incredible music in Japan and Asia, L'Arc~en~Ciel is now releasing a North American version of their highly anticipated 9th album, SMILE, for North American audiences to enjoy! Complete with the original 10 tracks from the Japanese version of the album, along with a "bonus" track of a Hydeless "READY STEADY GO," SMILE is an album that will not disappoint, especially for first-time listeners of this awesome band.

    The CD opens strongly with the first track "Kiss (originally called Kuchizuke)," which features Ken's impressive guitar-playing as well as an introduction to Hyde's different, coarser vocal tonality. The song gives the impression of more of a rock sound at the beginning before slowly building into a softer, calming crescendo. The balance between the two opposing sounds is well crafted and incredibly enjoyable to listen to.

    "READY STEADY GO" brings back an edgier, more frantic pace that does not let up throughout the entire song. It revitalizes the senses with it's enormous energy as well as highlights Yukihiro's drumming, Tetsu's bass playing, as well as Ken's amazing guitar skills very well. It's a perfect lead into the third song on the album, "Lover Boy."

    Penned by Ken, "Lover Boy" is full on rock, and the bass solo as well as the guitar solo done by Tetsu and Ken respectively show just how talented this band really is. Although the lyrics need some slight getting used to, it's an awesome song overall.

    The rest of the album is just so awesome that it would take me more than the allowed space to describe. Tracks that you've definitely got to listen to in addition to the aforementioned are: "Time Goes On," "Coming Closer," "REVELATION," and "Living In Your Eyes (Originally called Hitomi no Juunin, which has to be one of the best tracks by far on the album)." This CD is well worth the investment, and this band especially deserves all the support they can get. With Hyde's amazing vocal range, Ken's superb guitar playing, Tetsu's amazing bass skills, and Yukihiro's very much improved drumming, L'Arc~en~Ciel is a band that North American audiences should feel lucky to have had the chance to hear. And with the price it's selling for here in the US (fans have had to pay at least $30 to have it imported from Japan), it's definitely well worth your money. ... Read more

    7. Passages
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The upmost delightful sound collection you can get
    The collaboration between the indian musician Ravi Shankar and the US compser Philip Glass results in ome of the best collection of sound available from a world music p.o.v. as well as from an admirer of contemporary music. This CD will undoubtably enter your Top 10 playlist immediately -- and be stuck there for ages. END

    5-0 out of 5 stars Journey to the East and back
    This album at first glance brings together two of the most unlikely composers one could think of in a collaboration that crosses huge cultural differences but works exceptionally well.

    Ravi Shankar, whose music has been known in the West for many years , is known for his work with Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison among others. His musical reputation goes far beyond his exemplary sitar playing in the traditional ragas and covers much classical Indian music also.

    Philip Glass, mostly known for his repetitive structures as a member of the minimalist school and for his powerful soundtracks, has gained a wider audience with classical and popular music afficionados outside of the USA.

    This album works in many different ways. Despite their differing backgrounds each musician has produced memorable soundscapes which reach deeply into the history of each of the collaborators and their musical heritage and which emerge to enchant and delight the listener. It is often difficult to distinguish the individual contributions from each other in particular pieces which underscores their deep understanding and appreciation of each others work. The pieces are extremely moving and cover a whole gamut of emotions. Each composition has it's own particular feature which causes me to come back to this album again and again.

    In some ways this album is greater than either of it's component parts and will be a lasting testament to the work of these two great composers.

    1-0 out of 5 stars worst music I've ever heard
    Ravi Shankar is a good sitar player but an inferior composer. His attempt at contrapuntal writing in "Offering" is sophomoric in the purest sense of the word. Even Yanni has written better music. Glass's are terrible too but not nearly as puerile.

    This "East meets West" album is a double-insult to the great traditions of Eastern and Western music. To quote Woody Allen it is a "travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of 2 mockeries of a sham".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Private Music for Two Very Public Lives
    Philip Glass was introduced to Ravi Shankar during a recording session, in Paris, in the year of 1965. The two were collaborating on a soundtrack for Conrad Rook's film "Chappaqua", Glass as a conductor of the music and Shankar as the composer for the project. During the sessions, each musician had formed a favorable impression of the other, with Ravi the elder, passing on much musical knowledge to the then rather young Glass. After the session was over, the two went their separate ways, not often meeting again.

    Moving forward into the summer of 1989, Peter Baumann [ founder of Private Music and one time member of the German electronic ensemble Tangerine Dream ] was enthusiastic about a suggestion for reuniting these two composers for a new collaboration to be released on his Private Music label.

    Philip Glass has long acknowledged an influence of the Tibetan Buddhist musical practices. Buddhism itself is an offshoot of Shankar's native Hindu background, so in very real sense, there is a natural compatibility of spiritual esthetic between these two composers different musical sensibilities, as was also found in that work of 1965.

    We can hear these mutual musical sympathies on this CD, which contains six new pieces. Two Glass works on musical themes presented by Shankar. Two Shankar works on musical themes presented by Glass and one work by each composer that relies solely on their own respective compositional strategies.

    The music found on "Passages" offers us a beautiful realization of an ongoing present moment. A place where both tradition and innovation meet to carry us forward towards a new sense of rhythm and musical tranquility. May you find, in the invisible thread which connects the 40+ musicians on this recording, a sense of your own place within the compositions as an audience member at one with the music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXQUISITE
    As a great admirer of Ravi Shankar, I was totally unprepared for the effect of this collaboration. It is indeed exquisite.

    It starts out quietly with "Offering", then builds with "Sadhanipa". But "Channels and Winds" is, to me, the ultimate, with the voices added to the instruments. This cut is haunting and other-worldly, going beyond the sound of the East or of the western classical tradition into a world or maybe a plane of existence beyond ours.

    The pieces nicely blend and combine almost seamlessly, and from that ethereal passage, the "Ragas in Minor Scale" take us back to the Eastern tradition. It may be just me, but I felt a kinship with Celtic music during the ragas. The intensity, sometimes a quiet intensity and sometimes an exciting and driving intensity, characterizes the entire CD.

    This CD should satisfy and possibly enthrall the lover of Shankar's music, but the Philip Glass classicism shapes the Indian sound, and thus we have a music that is all its own.

    Words certainly can not describe music, and so I urge you to listen to the song samples. Even then, you will have only a hint of the music, because this is music that becomes even more powerful the more often you listen and allow it to envelope you. ... Read more

    8. Fooly Cooly OST 1: Addict
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Their albums are better
    This soundtrack fit the anime very well, and not having vocals in a lot of the songs was more appropriate in this context, but a lot of songs on the soundtrack actually have vocals to them which are awesome and make the music a lot better, and those who only hear the soundtrack are missing out.
    If the cost of importing their albums is the issue, buy this, since its now a domestic release, and scrounge around on *emule* or an equivalent until their albums are released here.
    Imported, they're just not worth it ($40+) unless you have plenty of cash to throw around.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great music from a Great Anime
    After seeing FLCL on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, I was awe-strucked by not only the great visuals and great intellectual masterpiece of FLCL, but also by the great music, most of which was done by the Pillows. The music just reminds me so much of the indie music scene, not that mainstream processed cheese crap that dominates the airwaves. I can't say anything else beside BUY THIS ALBUM. It's something that both Anime fans and Garage Alternative fans will enjoy. If you like good alt rock, do yourself a favor and pick this album up, I did and I'm loving it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why cant other anime have great music like this?
    First time i saw the anime like most other people i didnt get it (what?who?or where? the hell) but what i did manage to notice was its incredible music soundtrack and then i got the story. Filled with the original music that brings flashbacks of freaky scenes wacky diologe and awsome fights. the only thing wrong with it its that it lacks a full version of "LAST DINOSAUR" but thats avalible in the sister soundtrack which i forgot the name (my bad)but its out ther so goand buy the two of them if yopu dont like it i pay you back the money you spend.
    hehe right... till next time this is Najava sining off.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great music, crappy CD mastering
    This thing sounds like they used mp3's for a master. Very compressed and flat sounding (compared to Happy Bivouac, for example). But if you are on a budget, I suppose it's OK for the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars you guys are all screwed up
    Yo, just get the new furi kuri album- the pirate king- Now if amazon made a bundle pack of addict and pirate king, what would ya say to that? ... Read more

    9. Freedom Chants from the Roof of the World
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    Recorded in America during the Chinese crackdown on Tibet, two of these three extended tracks feature 21 monks from the 500-year-old Gyüto Tantric Order, chanting for freedom and world peace. Beautifully recorded, it features the monks, each singing two and three note polyphonics from the throat, accompanied by occasional percussion and ceremonial horns in trance-inducing meditations to the Buddhist deities Yamantaka and Mahakala. Cosmic harmony and tolerance are well served by these uplifting incantations which constitute some of the best recordings of this uniquely Tibetan sacred music. A bonus to this spiritual and transcendental endeavor is a track by Mickey Hart, Phillip Glass, and Kitaro, live in front of an audience (and the monks) in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. --Derek Rath ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing music
    words cannot explain the experience of this music. to play it is to spread peace to all sentient beings. i play this CD often, even when i cannot personally listen to it -- for example if i am in another area of the house or leaving. life is improved by these tones, and my house retains the happiness vibrations. most highly recommended.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Buddha Strikes Back
    This little recording was done at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, so there is no denying the sound quality on this one. This is a great cd, I only wish I had the subwoofers for this. The bass these guys produce can probably break the all the dishes in china or, if you are lucky, lift you all the way to Nirvana. If they ask, tell them Buddha sent you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A precious key to the inner world
    These beautiful drones have served as the backdrop for many of my meditation sessions. They have an uncanny power to release forces of equanimity and calmness within oneself, and knowing the subject matter of the chants also helps one to discover feelings of love and compassion while listening to this amazing recording. Friends and colleagues of mine have called this CD dark, spooky, even evil, but it is none of those things--to the contrary, it holds the key to illuminating the depths of one's unconscious, allowing access to places where one may normally be even afraid to go, and providing the opportunity to cultivate those places in the inner self for the good of the self and for other beings who will benefit from it. Beautiful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars change
    Well if you want to know what tibet chanting is about ,this is it.if not open minded you might not be open to this at first,but if you just think about what these peaceful monks are doing and understand why they are chanting you might change your mind and your outlook.I am very good friends with the lead chanter SONAM.He is not a monk anymore but he still has the peace that all sentient beings desire.This cd is even better one is THE GYUTO MONKS:tibetan tantric choir(from 1987).ENJOY and FREE TIBET

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerfully intense, and involving music.
    Although it may be tedious to some people, this CD is profound if you can give it a chance. Its particularly useful to relax to, and could be helpful for meditation. ... Read more

    10. Sacred Treasures: Choral Masterworks from Russia
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    Although this collection intends to transport the soul, it has a tremendously potent low-end depth to it that earns high marks indeed in the worlds of vocal and liturgical music. Dmitri Bortniansky's "Hymn of the Cherubim" is performed with a gracefulness that gets a warming fatness from the production, as does Alexander Gretchaninov's "I Have Chosen the Blissful," which travels with a ringing resonance. In a year of fine choral works--check out Sequentia's Hildegard cycle box, 900 Years or Arvo Pärt's Kanon Pokajanen for a "something old, something new" mix--this collection is highly valued for its sonic integrity and its excellent anthological mix. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Historical perspective
    Kudos on the record. Choirs are fantastic. Howevever, the notes by E. Holmes are bothersome as they still perpetuate the myth that the Russian Orthodox Church is more than 1000 years old. Rus' was converted to Christianity by Prince Volodymyr (Vladimir, Valdimir) in Kyiv (Kiev), capital of Rus'-Ukraine in 988. Russia did not exist at that time. Religious chants came through Bulgaria and you offer some tremendous examples. Church tradition and music moved north to Muscovy much later and it was, as you correctly point out, Bortniansky - the Ukrainian composer, who brought the Eastern Church music to its apogee in the 18th century when he served as choir director in Saint Petersburg. Both the Ukrainian Orthodox as well as the Catholic churches have historically used Bortniansky in their services. Thank you for such a wonderful masterpiece.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely First Rate
    Superbly and majestically sung and recorded. Peter Tchaikovsky's version of The Cerubimic Hymn plus The Lord's Prayer on Sacred Treasures III, back-to-back, are nothing short of stunning, overwhelmingly moving, bring-you-to-tears examples of why music of the Russian Orthodox Church is an unparalleled experience never to be forgotten; especially to the believer. Lots of other first rate selections as well.

    If you know music, but particularly have some understanding of the Orthodox sense of sprirituality and have Slavic blood, this will hit you down to the DNA.

    Just take with a grain of salt another reviewer of Ukrainian descent's typical assertion that Kievan Rus' means only Ukraine rather than Russia. Will these ill-informed people never quit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Compare These 3
    There are 3 different CD's about Russian Choir "A Cappella" music which can be discussed & reveal a certain enjoyment to different people with different needs or means:

    "Ikon" sung by the Holst Singers on Hyperion is the middle ground that gives a well balance & beautiful music from an English choir group. If you did not know they were English, you would think of them as Russian. Most songs are Russian classics from Sviridov, Gretchaninov, Kalinnikov, & Tchaikovsky with modern versions from Part, Gorecki, & Nystedt. The highlight is from the female sopranos which give an angelic & awl inspiring spiritual uplift that must not be missed.

    "Sacred Treasures" sung by several groups including The Russian State Symphony Cappelle, The Leningrad State Academic Choir, The Bulgarian National Choir, & a few other groups on Hearts of Space give the most authentic Russian that to English ears may sound slow & uneventful. Yet to a person that knows Russian, this CD will cause the most goose bumps due to its rightful intensity with music from Rachmaninov, Bortniansky, Kedrov, Gertchaninov, Tchaikovsky, Christov, Turchaninov, & Lvovski.

    "Ancient Echoes" sung by the Chorovaya Akademia on RCA Victor may give the best first impression due to its well made production that will give a serious work out to any professional stereo system, yet with further study will reveal an over dramatized style that may get in the way. Songs from the composers Sheretiev, Nikolsky, Golovanov, Strokin, Bortnyansky, Grechaninov, Riutol, Tchaikovsky, & Chesnokov.

    If your into Russian "A Cappella" music, give these 3 CD's a try & decided for yourself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good thing CDs don't wear out!
    This is one that sees near constant play. I really can't say enough about this title - absolutely beautiful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible.
    This CD is a great starting point for people wishing to incorporate ancient traditions into their personal worship music.
    Russian Orthodox music can be hard to find a way to delve into, but Sacred Treasures provides a great primer. ... Read more

    11. Krishna Lila
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    Unlike many who enter the treacherous realm of dance that combines club rhythms with world music aesthetics, DJ Cheb I Sabbah forgets about "synergy" and trusts the source material and his own musical voice to provide the dance floor impetus. Long stretches of Krishna Lila are lifted straight from the sitar-driven classical-folk Indian traditions of Ravi Shankar, Ashwin Batish, and the Middle Eastern tabla rhythms of master percussionists like Zakir Hussain. Even more so than 1999's Shri Durga, Sabbah lends only very subtle production touches to his ragas and drones, spending Lila's running time in a confident glaze. The approach succeeds by recognizing the inherent beats already present and implied in the rich texture of Hindustani musical culture. Durga had its more mix-oriented follow-up in Maha Maya, so perhaps Sabbah will release a similar companion piece for this record. Until then, he leaves a pack of confused DJs in his wake, while he tries to liberate the tin from some of dance music's more robotically compliant ears. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars good enough
    is such a pretty CD, it takes you to a relaxation level, you start to listening the music and instantly all the bad feelings go away.... Cheb I Sabbah know how to mix indian music with modern music and at the same time it doesn't lose his indian roots

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beats and drones from another world.. marvelous.
    Where can I begin here? I know next to nothing about Indian music (save the Indian/jazz hybrid of John McLaughlin's Shakti). I don't recognize any of the musicians' names, and I'm not sure how to pronounce half the instruments. I don't know a raga from a tala from a polka. (Well ok, I do know THAT much.) But I've been addicted and entranced by Krishna Lila all the same; it's hypnotic, full of earthy beats and ethereal melodies, and as calming & relaxing as.. umm, something that's really calm and relaxing. I probably shouldn't be trying to write this while listening to the album, as it has a way of clearing my head and making me want to lie down for a nap.

    Where was I? Earthy beats. Cheb Sabbah's approach is to blend traditional Indian percussion & melodies with some slight electronic touches, although he uses the techno element as a subtle enhancement to the rhythm that's already there rather than making it dominant. Through this disc it's barely noticeable; I hear nothing but acoustic instruments for the first several minutes until a subdued beat creeps into "Maname Diname." Sometimes it's a quiet bass bump, sometimes it's a barely-there snare sample or light electronic beat. The focus here is on the music itself, a remarkable group of Indian selections performed with a passion that shines even through the quietly subdued trance of the whole disc. The songs never need to rise above mid-tempo, revealing their strength in easy mood-building rather than bursting energy. The singing is sometimes in foreign words and sometimes in a simple wordless chant, but when it's there it's strangely compelling.. whether it's floating along with the quiet percussive rhythm or riding over everything as if stretching to the heavens. This is devotional music after all, and it's only fitting that there's something trancelike and otherworldly about it.

    If you prefer the electronic elements to be a little more prominent, Sabbah's other albums are probably better choices - Shri Durga has more propulsive beats underpinning the traditional material, and Maha Maya features (most of) the SD album remixed by various club mixers and DJs. I also heartily recommend Tabla Beat Science, but that's for a different review. If you're in the mood for something refreshingly different, something exotic or just something mind-warmingly relaxing to chill to, look no further than Krishna Lila. Now excuse me, it's time for that nap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking music
    As mentioned in other reviews, Cheb I Sabbah released a sophomore album of equal (perhaps better) quality to that of Shri Durga.

    Every song off this album creates an ethereal sensation; as if listening to authentic Hindu raga's - experiencing that which a Hindu would.

    Specifically, Raja Vedalu, is my personal favourite from the album. Eerie, that mesmerizing singing.....a GREAT song. But, then again, each song is laid out with such passion and skill- Cheb I Sabbah has given his listeners a worthy album indeed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Krishna LiLa
    Well I bought this CD after reading the reviews and also listening to the samples not only from this site but from other sites as well. The listening samples actually doesn't highlight the best aspect of the music or do any justice to them.
    Anyway this is a wonderful album.
    This time DJ Cheb wants to experiment with South Indian Classical aswell. So the first part is South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and then part II is hindustani.
    I enjoyed all of them ,my only suggestion to DJ is he could have used some more different ragas/scales esp for the Hindustani becoz some of it are on the same raga (Sindhoobhairavi)so felt like repetition to my ears they where all melodious ofcourse.
    Final Note: A worthy Album and Sure buy

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very very good Hindustani music
    I really cannot comment on this CD except for the fact that if you love 'fusion music', you have to go get it. Bill Laswell and Karsh Kale appear here too...what else to say? ... Read more

    12. Jia Peng Fang Best
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    In the hands of Jia Peng Fang, the music of the erhu (Chinese violin) is as moving and powerful as a beloved memory.This selection of some of his most beautiful pieces will carry you away, to sentimental places deep within your heart...

    Jia Peng Fang is a virtuoso of the erhu, and has played in hundreds of live concerts throughout China and Japan, as well as recording for movies, television and radio. He has also performed in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, and in Carnagie Hall, playing with the Tokyo Pops Orchestra and New York Pops Orchestra.

    To enhance your enjoyment of the music, fragrant incense sticks are included in the spine of the CD jewel case. ... Read more

    13. Classical Chinese Folk Music [Arc]
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Full of Heart
    This unusual collection of traditional Chinese instrumental music is full of heart and spirit. The melodies are particularly accessible to westerners (although I don't believe that this was intentional. For many people it would not only be a good introduction to the "other side of the globe," but to the "other side" of the self. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Your Search Has Ended
    Look no further. Yes, this is the one you've been searching for. You can play these two discs while stretching, sipping tea, reading, sleeping, walking through nature, or even practicing your calligraphy. If it's made in Austria, it has to be good!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, Elegant, Mystical Oriental Music
    Close your eyes and imagine the music that would accompany Chinese landscapes with cultivated and tiered mountainsides, winding rivers through lush, green valleys ... music played on instruments such as, a 7 stringed Chinese dulcimer (huquin), a one-stringed instrument played with a bow (erhu), a bamboo wind instrument (bawoo), a Chinese violin, plus the xiao (Chinese cymbals). This 2 CD set is filled with musical landscapes of exceptional beauty, grace, and oriental elegance. The paradox is 'it has extraordinary simplicity wrapped in subtle complexity.' Think of, a child chasing a butterfly, a rainbow that comes forth after a brief rainshower, wispy clouds that float across the sky, creating paisley patterns ... "simplicity wrapped in subtle complexity"! This unique music has a lyrical poetical quality, which includes harmony, balance, and artistic refinement ... similar to delicate Chinese porcelain, with intricate hand-painted designs.

    The titles to some of the pieces suggest the "simplicity and subtle complexity" of the music:
    "Purple Bamboo Melody", "Song of the Fisherman", "Rivers and Streams", "Spring Comes to Xiang River", "Spring Water Reflects the Moon", "Lake over the Autumn Moon", and "Hungry Horses Ringing Bells". If calm, soothing, ambient meditative oriental music is what you desire: this double CD set will exceed your expectations! Indeed, I have heard similar music played at Chinese Restaurants & was enormously pleased when I discovered these CDs!

    4-0 out of 5 stars what Chinese restaurants should play
    Being Chinese, I have been to many Chinese restaurants. Many have elaborate Chinese decor: traditional paintings, fish tanks, statues, and furniture- but *no Chinese music*. I am always dismayed when I hear them play showtunes or worse, pop radio. It just doesn't fit. Hong Kong karaoke doesn't fare much better. Traditional Chinese music such as this CD set is essential for the proper atmosphere.

    This music makes good background music. It can be soothing without being boring, having the complexity and direction that New Age music lacks. Most important, it's authentic music, played with authentic instruments. It doesn't pretend to be Chinese, it *is* Chinese. (I was appalled when I heard what passed as Chinese music in the "Chinese" shops at Worlds of Fun.)

    Recommend traditional Chinese music like this CD set to the Chinese restaurants near you. (There might be a little confusion about what "classical" means in the title. A better word would be "traditional.") ... Read more

    14. Sacred Treasures III: Choral Masterworks from Russia and Beyond
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    What could be more sublime than a wall of dark, rotund Russian voices shimmering against the rising, ornate walls of a great cathedral? Not much, and this compilation of absolutely magnificent music proves it. The label Hearts of Space returns on this third choral collection to the ominous Slavic chant of their first choral album, Sacred Treasures I, which gathered together recordings of stunning Bulgarian and Russian choirs portraying the sacred works of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and other composers. Whereas Treasures I pulled from varied sections of sacred liturgies, including solo passages, Treasures III most often stays in harmonic chant with select voices occasionally rising and rolling in polyphonic heavenly calls. The collective voice draws the emotive tension taut here, as on Rimsky-Korsakov's "Our Father," which uses the absence of darkness to later juxtapose bold, rising drama. The Kiev chant "Blessed Art Thou O Lord" sends chills down the spine as the whispering consonants of the Russian language skip across the ancient repetition like sand skitters over a stormy beach. This is a collection as breathtakingly beautiful as the Cathedral of the Dormition itself. Not to be missed. --Karen K. Hugg ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful but too much Rachmaninoff I'm familiar with
    I'd like to remind potential buyers that about a third of the chants on this cd are from Rachmaninoff's Vespers and Divine Liturgy. If you already have those cds, maybe you should think twice before buying Sacred Treasures III, which is definitely inferior to Sacred Treasures I, although still very beautiful (especially the first and second tracks).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    This is among my most favorite collections of music I have ever owned. I can't say enough good things about it, everything about it is simply beautiful. If you enjoy this type of music, this CD has a wonderful variety of sounds, melodies and moods.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Authentic and Magnificent
    Superbly and majestically sung and recorded. Disagree with another reviewer on track 5; I don't think this one fits at all with the theme and spirit of the album. Track 12, The Lord's Prayer is perhaps the pinnacle - though not the most complex, surely the most reverent and spiritual. This one, plus (even more so) Peter Tchaikovsky's Cerubimic Hymn on Sacred Treasures I, back-to-back, are nothing short of stunning, overwhelmingly moving, bring-you-to-tears examples of why music of the Russian Orthodox Church is an unparalleled experience never to be forgotten; especially to the believer. Lots of other first rate selections as well.

    If you know music, but particularly have some understanding of the Orthodox sense of sprirituality and have Slavic blood, this will hit you down to the DNA.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying Just for Track 5!
    Unlike so many "choral compilation" CDs, there is not a track on this album that falls victim to "schlock." Although it is an example of excellent Romantic Russian sacred music, the real highlight of the album is Gunnar Eriksson's ad lib arrangement of Bach's Komm Susser Tod. The Erik Westberg ensemble executes this performance with all the mystery embodied in the text...creating celestial overtones without bordering on New Age. As far as I know, this is the only recording of Eriksson's arrangement.If you like Bach, buy this album. If you like choral music, buy this album. If you like Russian choirs, buy this album. If you want to be spiritually revived, listen to track 5 (and then the rest of the album!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars PURE ECSTASY.
    I have a number of choral and chant CD's, and I have to say that this one is my favorite. I think I like it even more than Sacred Treasures I, as it seems more melodious. A good deal of choral and chant music can lack warmth and accessibility, but not this CD. The beautifully recorded music here reverberates and shimmers.

    The music covers a wide cross-section of historically important pieces, from ancient Greek Orthodox chant through early 20th Century choral masterpieces of Rachmaninov, plus one modern fantasy setting of Bach's Apollonian masterpiece "Komm Susser Tod" ("Come Sweet Death") by Scandinavian composer Gunnar Eriksson. And the Komitas-penned "Sourp Sourp" (Holy Holy) might be the most beautiful song I've ever heard.

    The sacred music from Russia has always held a special place for me. If you haven't heard Russian sacred music and want to dip your toe in the water, you owe it to yourself to get this CD (and Sacred Treasures I). Warm, somber, and serene, this music glows. ... Read more

    15. Penalty Life
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    'The pillows' have unleashed their latest album, 'Good Dreams' and this kickin' CD is coming to the U.S.! Known for their definitive, hard J-rocking, frenetic punk style that defined the smash anime hit, 'Fooly Cooly,' the trio of Sawao Yamanaka, Sato Shinichirou and Manabe Yoshiaki provide another exhilarating ride, powering their way through 11 new tracks layered with incendiary guitar play over a breakneck beat. Get ready to clench your fist, bob your head and start dancing like mad to this full-length album, featuring songs such as, 'Walking on the Spiral,' ' Sono Mirai wa Ima,' 'Bad Dreams,' 'Frontiers,' 'Xavier,' etc.All hail 'The pillows'! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars To The Powers That be
    Please, OH Please!!! Hear Me out.To anyone considering purchasing this album please do, this is an excellent album.If you are a Pillows fan and have acquired their music off the web, buy this album to show your support.I have and will buy thier other albums as they are released.I love this band and I am major fanboy and I want The Pillows to have all the respect and success they deserve.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yep
    I remember ealier on when this was first posted in was suppose to be "Good Dreams", but insead they changed the cd to "Penalty Life" and kept the cover for no apparent reason. I think Good Dreams is a better cd but I don't have Penalty Life yet. ... Read more

    16. Shakuhachi Meditation Music
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    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    This music is all traditional Japanese Komuso (wandering priest) music for the shakuhachi. The album has the added benefit of being a 2 CD set. The first CD is comprised of honkyokus from the Meian Ryu school and the second CD of honkyokus from the Kinko Ryu school, both largely from Japan's Edo period. Stan Richardson does a superb job and the music is superbly recorded. SHAKUHACHI MEDITATION MUSIC is a 5 star album both for the quantity and the quality of its music. Highly recommended!

    3-0 out of 5 stars not what I hoped for
    Maybe I wasn't in the right section of music, but this was way beyond what I was hoping for. I like my meditative music with a little bit more variety, not so much sameness. My son asked me to buy it for him today and when he woke from his nap he told me he didn't like the music and asked me to put on the "birdies". I told him that's what he was listening to, and he scowled. It was so repetitious that I broke out in uncomfortable sweats.

    If you want pure, simple meditation music, with only the flute, (beautifully played, btw) this will work for you. I need a little more variety between tracks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best in my colllection
    This is by far the best Zen music disc I've purchased. Most Shakuhachi music is made up of short, sharp bursts from the flute and gasps for air from the flutist, and most of those bursts don't add up to a good tune (in my opinion). In contrast, all the tunes in this album flow like water, without being at all Yanni-like. I especially like the second disc, and I listen to it at work to calm me down, especially when I'm doing some problem solving.

    Meditation doesn't yet come easily to me, and this recording does much in lifting me out of myself into a new state of consciousness. It's as if I become the music and the music becomes me. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stan Richardson: Shakuhachi Meditation Music
    You can almost smell the incense, feel a warm breeze as it envelops you and hear the shuffle of sandled feet... ... Read more

    17. Fooly Cooly OST 2: King of Pirates
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    The verse-defying, guitar-blasting J-Rock group the Pillows come roaring back with more sit-up-and-take-notice grooving beats and vocals on this second gem of a soundtrack to the ingeniously chaotic Fooly Cooly series. Musical collaborator Shinkichi Mitsumune (Utena, Love Hina, Sugar) spreads out more of his flavorful instrumentals to fuel the high dosage of anime insanity that inundates this quirky off-the-wall anime. This 17-track CD includes the vocal songs "Crazy Sunshine," "Blues Drive Monster," "White Ash," "LAST DINOSAUR" and "I think I can" along with five drama tracks. ... Read more

    18. Bomb the Rocks: Early Days Singles 1989-
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    19. Three Ragas
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    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
    This is one of Ravi Shankar's very best recordings, and one of the best introductions to the beauty and grandeur of Indian classical music you'll ever find. All three ragas here are given a masterly performance, particularly raga Jog, which is perhaps my favorite. Ravi's inventiveness and profundity are breathtaking!

    Newcomers to this genre will also want to listen to the duet recording of sarodist Ali Akbar Khan and sitarist Nikhil Banerjee performing ragas Manj Khammaj and Misra Mand. Although these two masters were taught by the same guru who taught Ravi Shankar, their style and approach is different from (but just as beautiful as) Ravi's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah, "Three Ragas" has finally been reissued!!
    This album is simply amazing...possibly the best recorded work Shankar ever did, and that's saying a huge mouthful. "Raga Jog" alone is worth the price; it's absorbing, intimate, powerful, played with seraphic skill,and just plain damn unearthly beautiful. I bought the album on vinyl in 1967 when it first came out, and have played it till it's nearly unplayable, so this reissue delights me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Part of the CLASSICAL SET!
    This is a fantastic introduction to Indian music. In fact, this was Album 2 of a two album issue titled Music of India. Album 1 had two long ragas, one on each side, with an introduction to both classical Indian music in general, and specifically to each raga, by Yehudi Menuhin at the beginning of each side. The original also had two inserts - a factory original booklet and a copy of a typewritten introduction by a UCLA ethnomusicologist at that time, Dr. Boris Kremenliev. This remake is of Album 2, the better of the two. Interestingly enough, there is an error on the jacket. The jacket places Raga Jog on Side 1, and the other two ragas on Side 2; in fact, they are actually recorded on the vinyl in the reverse order. My vinyl shows its age - I purchased both in a small music store on Hollywood Blvd. in 1959 - and I have taken them with me where ever I moved around the world. My love for the music shows in my care for the albums. I personally consider the remastering of this album to be a gift from the gods.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Long overdue reissue on CD
    This is Ravi Shankar's first LP, recorded in 1956, and serves as a fine introduction to his music and Indian classical in general.

    I bought a used vinyl copy of this album in the early 90s, and had been looking for a CD issue ever since. Finally, in 2000, Angel Records has digitally remastered and reissued this album. Track two, Raga Ahir Bhairav, is my favorite Indian classical music piece. I would have bought this disc for that track alone.

    Don't let the short track list fool you into thinking this is a short album; this CD clocks in at 54:55.

    The sound quality of this remaster is quite good, considering the age of the master tapes, though there are a few places where one channel drops out briefly. I rarely notice these moments, and even when I do they don't detract from the quality of the music. The sound is certainly much better than my old vinyl LP! ... Read more

    20. Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Vol. 2
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    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Shortly after 9/11, Kitaro began a pilgrimage to the island of Shikoku, which has 88 temples, each with its own distinct temple bells.The Japanese keyboardist has been recording those bells and working them into the fabric of The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, of which this is the second volume in a projected series. The first volume unlocked a new energy in Kitaro's music, with more open spaces and instruments like the erhu and pipa (Chinese violin and lute) lending his landscapes an organic immediacy. But Kitaro is a composer who doesn't know when to stop. He takes the freshest elements of his music, like the koto-erhu duet at the core of "Shining Spirit of Water," and buries them in the same choir pads, electronic squiggles, dripping strings, and whooping synthesizers that have been his sonic signature since 1978's Astral Voyage. Even the relatively austere meditation of "Peaceful Valley," featuring Native American flute, and the darker textures of "Ka-Non," get swamped as Kitaro gilds the lily and then dips it in a treacly bath sweeter than a glazed doughnut. The thought that Kitaro's Shikoku pilgrimage has already turned into a tedious trudge doesn't bode well. --John Diliberto ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars IMHO, better than "Volume 1"
    Made in USA in 2005, Serial# 73035-2, Playing Time 58:26

    Some of the sounds found on this CD will be very familiar to any fan who's been following his career for more than a decade: all instrumental, except for a few wolf-like "howls" on the last track (forgive my ignorance if this is intended as some prayer/summons.)It is that track that brings down my review from what would have otherwise been a 4-star rating.

    I personally found this album much more charming (and perhaps with less "traditional" influences) than Volume 1. There are even some passages vaguely reminiscent of some of Yanni's best symphonic moments.

    Some melodies (like "As The Wind Blows" or "Whispering Earth") will undoubtebly find their way on an ulterior "best of": this is Kitaro in FULL bliss.

    Other melodies are much more rhythmic (like "Kan-Non" and "Dancing Flower"), which aren't my favorite Kitaro moods; I'll take his charm/musical poetry over the more enthusiastic tracks.

    Still, regardless of the energy deployed, all tracks (except for "Floating Lotus") are rich and textured.

    For the novice, "Volume 2" is probably a better introduction to the world of Kitaro than "Volume 1".Obviously not the type of music to listen to while vacuuming... Sit back (or better yet, lay back) and crank it up! ... Read more

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