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    1. Magic Time
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    Asin: B0009298OI
    Catlog: Music
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Like a human infusion of chamomile tea, hearing Van Morrison's voice has the ability to instantly to soothe even the most stressed listener. That said, some of his releases have been so sedentary that they muted the '60s soul influences that had been a part of Van's joyful appeal. Not so with Magic Time, a wonderful balance of groove and smoothness, with a "live off the floor" feel evident throughout the disc. Right off the top, "Stranded" shows Van at his crooner best; relaxed, present, and joyful. "Celtic New Year" comes next, with a very Astral Weeks feel, leading one to believe that this disc might be sedentary through and through…until "Keep Mediocrity at Bay" kicks in, a feisty blues romp that shows that in his sixties, Morrison still has the sass of his best previous days. Van's cover of Sinatra's brassy "This Love of Mine" and Perry Como's "I'm Confessin'" are full of his cheek and charm. Morrison, as producer, has chosen stellar horn sections that elevates the music from good to great and comes from an obvious deep love of classic blues and soul. He's a lover and a fighter (the disc has two references to his disdain of the music industry ("They Sold Me Out" and "Carry On Regardless")), but ultimately true to his own musical vision. This destined-to-be-classic release will please a wide variety of his fans. --Denise Sheppard

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    5-0 out of 5 stars vanthe man ( and the voice?)
    stranded, celtic new year, just like greta, the lion this time, and gipsy in my soul are five masterpiece of the most emotional voice of the popular music. van is back on top again.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Waiting For The Man
    I keep hoping very hard that the real Van Morrison will someday stand up again. I have been hoping for this for about the last 6 or 7 Van albums. As for Magic Time....well, where is the magic? I don't hear it or feel it coming from this recording either. I won't give up waiting though and even if Van never delivers the shivers again, I still have a vast treasure of older masterpeices to plug into. So for now, I will just keep my ears on the horizon searching and hoping for a possible full force gale.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I tip my top hat to you YA!
    The best part of this album is the picture of fred estaire and ginger rogers wannabes on the cover, high-stepping, kicking out, and kick boxing.Morrisson moves into the realm of would-be, could-be (has been?) crooner/swooner Rod Stewart, with an easy transition into standards, jazz, and gangsta-rap.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's All Here
    I have everything Van Morrison has ever recorded.Of course it's not all consistently great.Great artists who have longevity hit creative and performing peaks at different times and in different ways over an extended period of time.Some of the work on this album ranks up there with some of Morrison's best.It also brings together through different songs each of the major themes that underlie and run through his body of work as a whole.The Celtic mysticism, the incredible melodies, his bows to influences in R&B, jazz, and even popular song.His unique excellence has always (or at least since the early days with Them) been his capacity to weave it all together in a sound uniquely his.

    Several of his more recent albums have more exclusively mined just one of these veins (not always that successfully), or seemed to have been more half-hearted efforts.However, to these ears, Magic Time, is an album which I believe is in line with some of his stronger work from the 80's and early 90's.

    In the context of the range of music available - 5 stars.In the context of his own absolute best - 4 stars.If you like Van in the full range of his styles and influences, this is an album for you.If you favor only one or two of those personae, as seems to be the case with a couple reviewers, you will still find the few songs or more that grab you.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison Has A Great Musical History!
    This man has really made many classic albums!

    Listen to Astral Weeks, Moondance and Irish Heartbeat which are must-buy for all Van Morrison fans.
    This man is a very skillful player, compositor and performer!
    Unfornately, Magic Time is the worst record this man has ever cut. Maybe he his losing his creativity and he should soon stop his awesome musical career. Every artist has their own house of holy and Van Morrison has made his own! ... Read more


    2. The Emancipation of Mimi
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Early buzz on The Emancipation of Mimi had it that this would be the disc to mark "the return of the voice"—the voice being that glass-shattering instrument that propelled Carey to best-selling female artist of all time status—and mostly it is. But because of the small army of talent involved in its assembly, it's also way more than that. For straight-ahead, look-out-Beyonce-Mimi's-still-got-it reinforcement, try "Mine Again," a ‘70s-soul cuddle-up, "Circles," a soaring, don't-attempt-this-on-American-Idol love song, the gospel dazzler "Fly Like a Bird," and "Stay the Night." But for songs that steer this disc directly into 2005, no looking back, scan the jewel case for the tracks followed by the word "featuring": "To the Floor," with Nelly, bumps along to maximum booty-shaking effect, while Twista spins his natural-disaster-force vocal into "One and Only." Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, and Jermaine Dupri also pitch in; between them and the highwire vocals, Emancipation works the kind of pure-pop magic that sets us all free. --Tammy La Gorce

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Comeback
    I love this album, the songs on here are very beautiful, well written and well produced, and there is not a single filler on this CD. This album was very well received by the general public and the singles are doing extremely well on the charts. The single "We Belong Together" became Carey's 16th #1 single which puts her 4 singles ahead of Madonna, who is in second place in terms of greatest number of #1 singles amongst female artists. The album opened its first week with sales of just under 404 000 copies, which is the biggest first week sales of her career, and it's currently still in the top 5. At first, I didn't like the debut single "It's Like That" because it was too hip hop influenced and she was singing things I would expect to hear from Beyonce or Ashanti. But after quite some time, the single grew onto me from frequent radio play and now, I love the song. "We Belong Together" grew on me instantly because it was a typical Mariah Carey ballad. All in all, this is a fantastic album, like Butterfly, and if you have to get one CD this year, get this one cause it is off the charts, literally!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lovin' Ms. Mimi!
    Alright, Mariah's back after an almost 3 year solo haitus, and she's come back with a vengence! It's Like That was a great intro to a great album! We Belong Together gets Mariah her 16th #1, how sweet is that? Then we have the next single & my favorite track, Shake It Off! The track is just so much fun, it's amazing! Mine Again is a wonder ballad! The Neptunes produced tracks Say Somethin' & To The Floor may not be signature Mariah, but they are very catchy. Stay The Night is so emotional, & Kanye did a great job producing it. Get Your Number, the fourth JD produced track, is another catchy song. After all that, the ballad-love songs begin to roll! Your Girl, Circles, & I Wish You Knew may be considered filler, but being that they are back to back, they just seem to fit! Next is Joy Ride, which is aight. Lastly is Fly Like a Bird, which is another beautifully, emotional gospel song. Love the part where she belts "I need the strenth of you to survive" before she hits that extra high note. And for those that even think she's copying anyone else in the industry (Beyonce...) Uh, 1 year of solo hits doesn't compare to 10+, so get real.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What can we say?
    What is there to say about a woman that has been around for 15 years through heartache, heartbreak, triumph and pain.This album is slamming. ONE OF HER BEST. I have almost all of her CD's and this is one of the best.Her range alone speaks volume but her ability to write a song, compose it and produce it speaks higher.Many are a good singer but few can write and produce.Her octaves are breath taking and just her confidence in herself is enough. I remember the first day I heard Vision of Love in the early 1990's.I said who is this singing?I have been hooked every since. The songs I love are:We belong together, Circles, It's like that,Say Somethin (with Snoop), To the Floor (Nelly) and for those who need inspiration she ends it with Fly Like a Bird.I am a singer and if my career takes off, this is someone I want to mirror.God bless you Mariah, thanks for sharing your gift of song with us.Thanks to the good Lord above for blessing her with the gift of song.READERS go and buy it.One of the best albums for 2005.Tee

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Job, Mariah :-)
    This album is so refreshing for me. It's been so long since we've all heard Mariah Carey. And I'm excited to report that it was worth the wait. I LOVE her voice and always have. This is the best album of 2005 so far.

    1. It's Like That (5/5)
    2. We Belong Together (5/5)
    3. Shake It Off (4.5/5)
    4. Mine Again (5/5)
    5. Say Somethin' (4.5/5)
    6. Stay The Night (5/5)
    7. Get Your Number (3.5/5)
    8. One And only (5/5)
    9. Circles (4.5/5)
    10. Your Girl (4/5)
    11. I Wish You Knew (5/5)
    12. To The Floor (3.5/5)
    13. Joy Ride (5/5)
    14. Fly Like A Bird (5/5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars 1.3 Million and Counting!!!
    Mariah has sold 1.3 million copies of her wonderful album, "The Emancipation of Mimi." She is currently #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her smash hit "We Belong Together." Her 16th #1 to be exact. Mariah is breaking records and defying expectations. She is solidifying her place in history as one of the greatest singers ever. Thanks to great production and songwriting, "The Emancipation of Mimi" will surely stand out as one of her best. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of another great run. ... Read more


    3. Breakaway
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    Kelly Clarkson could have played her American Idol-propelled career much differently, languishing in the role of dippy ingénue or shunting her musical development by leaning too heavily on overnight stardom. Instead she dug in her heels and allowed good sense (or a good manager) to steer, and somewhere Simon Fuller and the rest of the TV gang ought to be smiling. Credit Breakaway, which couldn't be more aptly titled--the sophomore set represents a seismic split from the thin if pretty stuff debut Thankful set forth. Here we encounter Clarkson as superstar, with the humility that made her likable on the first disc tucked tightly under her arm. First single and leadoff track "Breakaway" topped the pop charts on arrival, and its rock-friendly thumps, dips, and rolls don't wear out their welcome; they blend, instead, into the firestorm of beats and guitars that is "Since U Been Gone," another shout-it-out rocker. Those songs set the tone for the rest of the disc in all its fury: The innocence is long gone, numbers including "Addicted" and "Hear Me" say collectively, and Clarkson's of a mind to kick it. The big, expressive voice ringed by the occasional high-pitch trill--the one that prompted millions to get behind her on Idol--doesn't dip entirely off the radar, though. On "Where Is Your Heart," and the stunning live closer "Beautiful Disaster," it's there in full force--a hint, maybe, that despite the wide, smart career step Breakaway represents, her fans come first. -Tammy La Gorce ... Read more


    4. It's Time
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Michael Bublé's assured debut and the tireless year of globe-trotting touring he spent promoting it elevated the 20-something Vancouver native into the first rank of pop crooner revivalists. His sophomore studio follow-up largely turns on the same formula that helped make his considerable vocal prowess so attractive to mainstream audiences, mixing the nigh flawless, if expected Sinatra-channeling ("I've Got You Under My Skin") with more playful and inviting renditions of pop standards like the Gershwin's "A Foggy Day in London Town," "Feeling Good," "Try A Little Tenderness" and Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin." But it's the eclectic mix of more contemporary material the singer seasons them with -- apt tribute to Bublé hero Bobby Darin -- that keeps him walking the narrow tightrope between artistic intrigue (a blues-tinged vamp of Holland-Dozier-Holland's "How Sweet It Is," Leon Russell's lovely "Song For You," with a guest turn by Chris Botti) and the kitsch-laden abyss ("Quando, Quando, Quando"'s Euro-centric duet with Nelly Furtado, a ring-a-ding-fling with the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" that echoes fellow Canadian crooner/rival Matt Dusk's more successful flirtation with Lennon-McCartney). Arranger/producer Tommy LiPuma offers Bublé a welcome swinging jazz showcase on "The More I See of You," a bracing respite from the rest of producer David Foster's slick, if typically bloodless MOR production.-- Jerry McCulley [Note: Aspecial edition including two bonus tracks--"Dream a Little Dream" and "Mack the Knife"--is also available.]

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    5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST STARS ON THE WORLDWIDE MUSIC SCENE
    Michael Buble continues climbing the ladder of stardom with his latest CD "It's Time". I saw Michael sing "Feeling Good" on the David Letterman Show and his performance was truly outstanding. With his International appeal and record sales in the millions, it has now become very apparent that Michael Buble has truly found his audience and has become one of the brightest stars on the worldwide music scene.

    With "It's Time" Buble has given his legions of fans exactly what we wanted, more of the same but with a bonus, an original song. This album like his first "Michael Buble" is a very well thought out mixture of well-loved standards, light rock, and classic pop hits with the addition of an excellent original called "Home". All thirteen of these songs are recorded and produced superbly and Michael's tremendous voice and performances just keep getting better and better. The addition of other well-known contempory artists on a few of the tracks makes this cd an extremely good value and I really like this formula of combining two or more wonderful talents to create great music. The sky is the limit for Michael Buble and if this CD is any indication it is going to be a very enjoyable ride.

    If you like Sinatra and Swing, I would also suggest Monte Procopio's "Swingin' With Style". He is another crooner that can really swing with the standards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The absolute best male singer today...
    This man is one in a lifetime as far as I'm concerned. Ever since I was ateenager, and that was a long time ago, the sultry and sophisticated 'blues' sound of Frank, Dean, Tony, et al have kept me interested in 'real' music, and that's why I have played contemporary and Jazz piano for over 40 years.. the romance that is so delectable in a young persons' life -even if they don't know it at the time- is found- and will last- in Michael's music..thank God there is someone out there with the talent that Michael exhibits. His renditions are first rate by any standard, he brings new life and zip to old classics that the current generation(s) may not have even heard before. And his song "Home' almost brings me to tears every time I hear it.. isn't that something. Canada should get behind Michael as we have here a budding superstar of the magnitude of Celine Dion and even the untouchable GordonLightfoot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What Can I Say?
    Before i bought this album, I'd only heard a few songs, mostly from Michael's first album. I bought "It's Time" solely for the track "Home" (which is totally worth it!). I was very impressed with this whole album. It's very eclectic. Michael Buble's vocals are amazing and soothing all at the same time. His covers are creative and polished.

    If you're looking for some great music, do yourself a favor and pick up anything by Michael Buble! You'll thank me for it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Celebrate Michael Buble's musical magic!
    It's Time is a celebration of musical magic! Michael Buble is a refreshing and welcome addition to the music scene. Celebrate how he manages to make every song on this cd his own and he accomplishes it with style and panache.

    Since my purchase of It's Time it has been in steady rotation both in my car stereo and in the offices and will continue playing for a long long time. There is something on this album for all moods and it's refreshing to enjoy EVERY track on a cd for a change. Thank you Mr. Buble.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
    I love all genres of music but hold a special place for jazz in my heart. I bought Michael's album "Its Time" because I love jazz and those whose musical opinion I value gave it the thumbs up. I popped it in and listened to the first track, "Feeling Good". Starts slowly, unassumingly... then WOW, it starts swinging, he starts showing off his vocal prowess, and I sat there with my jaw dropped and knew INSTANTLY this guy was something special! Its rare that I like a song the very first time I hear it, I've never loved one the first time I heard it. I LOVED "Feelin' Good" the first time I heard it, and had the same reaction to track 4, "Quando Quando Quando." Most of these songs are covers you will recognize, but the really amazing thing is that Michael makes them sound different... you feel like you're hearing them for the first time. Michael's voice is like a hybrid between a young Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr., but his style is 100% his own. I literally have not stopped listening to this album (all tracks are great) since I bought it. I am going to see Michael perform in Memphis this August (2005), and I couldn't be more excited! I am very thankful for such a wonderful young artist who is bringing this fabulous music to the masses (and to many young fans previously unexposed to jazz). This music- and Michael Buble'- should be celebrated!



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    5. Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast)
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    Sales Rank: 57
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    One of the most common complaints about musicals is that the books are flimsy pretexts from which to hang numbers. Wicked runs into the opposite problem: it has a great plot but too often the songs just get in the way. Based on Gregory Maguire's novel of the same name, Wicked tells us what happened between Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, before Dorothy showed up in Oz. And the show is lucky to boast a pair of ace leading women in the main roles. As Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth delivers a sensational star turn, displaying a crystal-pure voice and sharp comic timing; Idina Menzel lends her powerful pipes to the tricky role of Elphaba. Unfortunately, you wish they had better material to work with. Stephen Schwartz's pop score is often dragged down by overly synthetic orchestrations and sentimental lyrics (think Chicken Soup for the Witch). Still, at its best Wicked is a seductive slice of popular entertainment that could well give a younger audience a lasting taste for musical theater. --Elisabeth Vincentelli ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
    Although I've been a huge admirer of both Kristin Chenowith and idina Menzel for a few years now, I was not sure what to expect upon first hearing this soundtrack. Actually, I ended up seeing the show on broadway, and buying the CD the day after because i couldn't get enough of this music! Stephen Schwartz has made a brilliant creation, and couldn't have gotten better voices to sing it. The vocal harmonies are beautiful throughout. Defying Gravity, the real showstopper (much thanks to Ms. Menzel's UNBELIEVABLE voice), gave me almost as big of a chill when hearing it on the soundtrack as it did in live performance. Ms. Chenowith's lovely voice carries songs as well, and the song Popular is cute and funny, while showing off her vocal talent. Aside from Defying Gravity, my favorite songs are I'm Not That Girl (sung by Ms. Menzel), and the love ballad As Long as You're Mine. It's a fun, entertaining musical more full of emotion than I had expected it would be. Between Norman Leo Butz, and the two leading women, I can hardly put into words the feeling that their voices produce- you have to hear it to know! This is definitely one of the best new broadway shows to come about since RENT, and I hope it has a long, successful run.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Deliciously wicked and most definately wonderful
    Being of fan of the original novel and ecstatic that a musical was made from the book, I bought the CD the day it was available. It is pure and simple magic. Idina Menzel, who's voice blew me away on the OBC of Rent, proves her power and stands right up there with the superb Kristen Chenowith. I've been playing the CD non-stop since Decemeber, and with great fortune and luck, I was able to see the actual Broadway show this past weekend...front row lottery tickets. The power and majesty of this show cannot be conveyed on this CD, but it comes very close. Seeing all these perfomers dance, sing, and act the songs I fell in love with cannot be described. You'll have to see it for yourself. There's not a bad song in the show or on the CD...these songs, standing alone on the CD out of context from the show, are enough to move anyone. From Idina's perfect 'The Wizard and I' to 'No Good Deed,' from Kristen's comic songs to ballads, from their duets together (no two voices have ever matched better), and from Norbert Leo Butz's 'Dancing through Life' to 'As Long as Your Mine,' this CD is a definate to buy and share!

    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
    If you haven't seen the play... you must go NOW!!! Idina Menzel who plays Elphaba (Wicked Witch) is amazing and awesome to watch... I've seen the play twice and hope to see it again!! If there were such thing as 6 stars... This musical absolutly deserves it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sublime...
    Miss Kristin Chenoweth... If there is a greater star on the rise on the great white way I dare you to name her. I spend my days puttering around in my care listening to Ariella Vaccarino's must-have CD series "Voice Lessons to Go" in preparation for the moment I put the real deal on here and try my best to match the vocal styling of Ms. Chenoweth... and fail (but maybe with these vocal CDs I've been listening to... who knows). Anyway, the woman is a queen of the stage at the moment and this recording is a vocal photograph of a true star in the midst of her prime. I highly recommend buying it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wicked Rocks!
    You wouldn't expect a teenager to love broadway music, but Wicked has me hooked!I can't get enough of "The Wizard and I" and "Defying Gravity".Other great tunes on the cd are "Popular", "As long as you're mine","I'm not that girl", and "Popular". The vocalists are fabulous, the tunes are catchy, and its a fun cd to listen to! If you want to hear a GREAT CD, listen to Wicked! ... Read more


    6. Come Away with Me
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    Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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    It is not just the timbre of Norah Jones's voice that is mature beyond her 22 years. Her assured phrasing and precise time are more often found in older singers as well. She is instantly recognizable, blending intimations of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone without sounding like anyone but herself. Anyway you slice it, she is a singer to be reckoned with. Her readings of the Hank Williams classic, "Cold Cold Heart" and Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You" alone are worth the price of the CD. Jones's own material, while not bad, pales a bit next to masterpieces such as these. They might have fared better had she and producer Arif Mardin opted for some livelier arrangements, taking better advantage of brilliant sidemen such as Bill Frisell, Kevin Breit, and Brian Blade; or if the tunes had simply been given less laconic performances. Jones has all the tools; what will come with experience, and some careful listening to artists like J.J. Cale and Shirley Horn, is the knack of remaining low-key without being sleepy--sometimes less is not, in fact, more. --Michael Ross ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars "Come Away With Me".....I would!
    A buddy, affectionately known as 'That Ricky Guy,' discovered that I had never heard of Norah Jones. Well, he thought so much of this unique and gifted song stylist (and of me, for some reason) that he gifted me with a copy of this CD. I pay attention to Ricky's musical evaluations because he is the only still-living person I know who was actually there at Carnegie Hall in 1961 to witness Judy Garland's Ultimate Triumph (though he was probably on his mama's knee), and he said Norah Jones is good. He's right. He's definitely right!

    It's human nature for us, hearing a singer for the first time, to make the inevitable comparisons....and I did just that listening to Norah. There were touches of Peggy Lee, I thought...certainly Rita Coolidge...Blossom Dearie, though the voice isn't that fragile...some of Nina Simone's subtle emotion. And of course she's a jazz singer, but there sure is a touch of country in that delivery of hers, maybe even a gentle hint of smokey coffee-house folk singers. But finally it dawns on you that Norah Jones, this young girl with a talent far older than she herself, has seduced you....reeled you right in with her OWN individual brand of musical magic.

    Just as I didn't know Norah until this evening, many of the songs were also new to me....but I'm sure will become old friends. I especially loved "One Flight Down," and the title song she wrote herself, as well as "Nightingale" and "The Long Day Is Over." Of course my favorites were the two familiar standards, "Cold, Cold Heart" and "The Nearness Of You" (let's face it....I'm basically stuck back there in time wanting more details of Garland's encores from my friend Rick) but I really do think Ms. Jones would be doing herself (and us) a great service if she borrowed a page from Diana Krall and recorded an entire album of the old classics. She has the genuine talent to give new life to old chestnuts...and she should!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Music To My Ears
    I grew up in the sixties and am not a fan of most of today's music. Popularity and Grammy Award wins normally don't persuade me to buy an album. However, Norah Jones's invitation to "Come Away With Me" was too hard to resist. I fell in love with her voice and enjoyed every song on the album. The tasty arrangements, performed by outstanding musicians, not to mention her own melodic piano playing, perfectly complimented Norah's sensual, seductive voice. For me, the music recreated the atmosphere of a late night jazz club. "Don't Know Why" is one hit song that I never get tired of hearing. I was especially impressed by the arrangement of Hank Williams's country classic "Cold Cold Heart." She transformed it from a honky-tonk lament into a jazz ballad. J.D. Loudermilk's "Turn Me On," when performed by Ms. Jones, had the desired effect on me that the writer intended. The melancholy "The Long Day Is Over" effectively conveyed weariness, suggesting that it's time for the sleepy patrons to finish their drinks and go home, because even late night jazz clubs have to close sometime. Closing out the album with Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness Of You" implied that Norah will not be going home alone. "I need no soft lights to enchant me, if you'll only grant me the right, to hold you ever so tight, and to feel in the night the nearness of you." This album totally won me over and turned me into a Norah Jones fan.

    1-0 out of 5 stars GET AWAY FROM ME
    Cold, calculating, but ultimately callow Upper Middle Class pop jazz from an Ice Queen who sings with all the soul of a doorstop. If this is indeed Ravi Shankar's daughter, she inherited not one iota of her father's passion and artistry. Phony through and through.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, distinguished voice and sophisticated music.
    In a world where the new "singing sensations" are the unoriginal screamers who participate to "American Idol" and similar TV monstrosities, it's really refreshing to witness the rise of a REAL talent with a REAL music background and an exceptional panache for musical "buon gusto."

    Norah doesn't have a "big" voice, so what? Neither did Billie Holiday, but I'll take her over any screamer at any time. It's not by chance that I mentioned Billie Holiday, because that's the kind of voice Norah reminds me of, and I simply love it. Sultry, smoky and haunting are the three adjectives that immediately come to my mind.

    On to the music, Norah's songs are a delightful blend of country, blues and jazz, all encased by electronic-free arrangements (i.e. real singers need no walls of synthesizers and special effects to cover the flaws of their voice...) and some very tasteful but unobtrusive piano playing by Norah herself.

    I basically like all songs in this album, but my favorites are the title track ("Come Away with Me", a really delightful jazzy waltz), "Don't Know Why" (a Pat Metheny-esque tune featuring a beautiful melody and an exceptionally tasteful arrangement) and the amazing "The Nearness of You", where Norah showcases her incredible ability to perform immortal standards with nothing behind her voice but her own superb piano accompaniment.

    The fact that this album received 8 Grammy awards makes me a little less pessimistic on the future of pop music.

    2-0 out of 5 stars cub away wif be
    Norah Jones... either she ought to have her deviated septum fixed or she was suffering from a head cold when she cut this album. In either case, perhaps Amazon should put together a two-cd deal featuring Norah Jones and one of Jonathan Richman's records. Stuffy-nose pop fans, rejoice!
    But seriously folks, this stuff is not music. If you want to hear comatose jazz stylings, check out Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green or her version of Someone to Watch Over Me. This is pure heroin. You bang it in the mainline and fall back on the flophouse bed with the hypo still sticking out of your arm. Norah Jones, on the other hand, is not satisfied until her tracks ramp up to some up-tempo peak of countryfication. Just so you know she means it when she whispers out, "Cub away wif be... inna dight." Sounds suspiciously like the cold sufferer on a Nyquil commercial. ... Read more


    7. Lonely Runs Both Ways
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    Nobody makes somber sound more exquisite than Alison Krauss. She's come an awfully long way from her days as a teenage fiddle prodigy, as her glamour gown on this CD's cover suggests and the bittersweet maturity of the music confirms. Krauss exchanges her bluegrass fiddle for the chamber strains of viola on much of the material, including four songs by Robert Lee Castleman (whose "The Lucky One," "Let Me Touch You for Awhile," and "Forget About It" were previously popularized by Krauss). Castleman's compositions showcase the emotional intimacy and interpretive subtlety of her breathy trill. The yearning harmonies on "Wouldn't Be So Bad" (written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings) and "Borderline" (written by Sidney and Suzanne Cox) reinforce the album's restless spirit of quiet desperation. Change-of-pace contributions by Krauss's bandmates are more deeply rooted in the bluegrass/folk tradition, with Dan Tyminski renewing Del McCoury's "Rain Please Go Away" and Woody Guthrie's populist anthem "Pastures of Plenty"; Dobro master Jerry Douglas leads the charge on his instrumental "Unionhouse Branch." Few bands in bluegrass can match the virtuosity of Union Station's interplay, but the artistry of Alison Krauss transcends genre. --Don McLeese ... Read more


    8. Michael Buble
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    Pop's rush to raid the cradle continues with this promising debut by 25-year-old Canadian singer Michael Bublé. And while the young vocal star's good looks are smart enough for a boy band, his muse seems to have sprung from a more sassy and compelling musical era. Mentored by Paul Anka (whose '50s hit "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" is covered in dreamy, cabaret fashion here), Bublé sings in the orbits of Darin and Sinatra, covering swing epoch gems ("Come Fly with Me," "The Way You Look Tonight," "That's All") and rock era standards (Van Morrison's "Moondance," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by the Brothers Gibb, Queen's "Crazy Little Ting Called Love") with equal aplomb. David Foster's production is typically slick and played to the back row of the bleachers, but it's informed by smart contexts provided by such arrangers as Johnny Mandel, Randy Waldman, and Mike Melvoin. If the choices of material are sometimes staid and predictable, they also give the singer a crucial framework for building toward something more challenging; his is a bright future. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I Like this CD - A Lot
    I just bought this CD 3 days ago, and I've played it probably 10 times already. Its a pretty good album - Michael Buble has a very good - although Sinatra/Torme/Connick - sounding voice. The arrangements are well made too - but Just The Way You Look Tonite should have preferably been arranged as a slow croon rather than bossa nova style.

    I usually look into the Tower reviews to see if anybody else liked the CD's I buy, and it seems that a lot of other people like MB as well as I do. There are however a few people who really blasted him in their reviews. Not only blasted, but outright insulted him - a Karaoke singer!? Really now. Around 10 of 155 reviewers gave him 1-3 stars, and all I can say is that talent is in the ears of the beholder (or in this case, the listener). Measuring MB on the review scale, he is most obviously a talented singer who has moved his audience.

    I hope MB comes out with his own album of The Great American Songbook. I'll be looking forward to hearing it, and reading the reviews.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Harry Connick Jr. eat your heart out!
    I first heard Michael Buble in the film DOWN WITH LOVE. I turned to my friends and asked "Who is that singing? He's great!" But I didn't think about the unknown singer for weeks.

    Then I was in a CD store with the same friends and one turned to me and said "You must get this CD. This is the guy you liked from DOWN WITH LOVE." Well, I bought the CD and rushed home to listen to it.

    This guy has real talent. Harry Connick Jr. may be a fine musician but he is but "a poor man's Sinatra" next to a singer like Michael Buble. Buble brings something more to the standards. He has a sweeter voice than Connick yet brings a more individual style too. In some ways he is reminiscent of Bobby Darin but whereas Darin could certainly swing, Buble also brings a sensuality to his music. His version of "Sway" is by far the best I have heard and my current favorite from the CD.

    The arrangements are all great and the selections range from standards like "Fever" and "Come Fly With Me" to new classics like "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" and "Moondance". Buble's cover of "The Way You Look Tonight" would make even Fred Astaire proud.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The boy is soooooooo good!
    I bought singing lessons on CD "Voice Lessons TO GO" by Vaccarino, because I was tired of being embarrased to sing with him when my husband was around! I love to play Buble's CD over a good home cooked meal. It is is such romantic music- his voice is so charming. I am also a huge Harry Connick Jr. fan. If you like one, you'll like the other.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A word to the detractors;
    So you like Frank and Bobby better? Quite a left-handed insult. Although it's fair to say that Bubel comes from that style, (and who could be interested in this kind of music without listening to a -lot- of Sinatra?), it's also apparent to me that this guy just opens his mouth and -sings-, naturally and musically. Some people aren't built to punk out, guys. Let's allow two or three saloon singers to have a career .

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Michael Buble" one CD you will never get tired of playing.
    Michael Buble is a special talent. I have been listening to his self-titled album "Michael Buble" for quite some time now and every time I hear Michael sing I am just amazed at how mature and seasoned his voice is. Others have mentioned comparisons to other great performers from the past, but Michael doesn't have to rely on anyone's reputation but his own. With his gorgeous voice and unique style he will be a permanent fixture in the pop music scene for many years to come. This CD is really well done. The song selections and production are perfect for a singer of Michael's great ability. You are really going to enjoy this CD!

    If you enjoy listening to crooners and Big Band Swing, I would also suggest Monte Procopio. His 13-piece band swings and Monte can really sing the standards. ... Read more


    9. Closer
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    Thanks to a fortuitous intersection of talent and fate, 22-year-old Josh Groban hasn't finished his senior year in performing arts school but has already released his sophomore effort on a major major label. Fans of the young vocal phenom's debut will find much to enthrall them here, even if it nudges the singer closer to the center of producer/mentor David Foster's MOR pop sensibilities. Eschewing much of its predecessors more overt classic-lite pretensions and pop-rock covers for a slate of dramatic, Eurocentric ballads that serve as a showcase for the singer's inviting baritone, Groban shrewdly positions himself as the American alternative to the Bocelli-Watson crossover axis. "Caruso" may find the singer falling short of its operatic inspiration, but "Oceano" and "My Confession" quickly showcase the singer's truedramatic range (which seems to all but yearn for a bona fide Broadway musical challenge), while a vocal take of Bacalov's graceful "Il Postino" theme uses classical virtuoso Joshua Bell's violin flourishes to good effect. To his credit, Groban displays some promising efforts at songwriting collaboration on the bittersweet "Per Te" and "Remember When It Rains," while the ambient/ethnic soundscape of Deep Forest's "Never Let Go" offers a teasing alternative to the record's otherwise melodramatic production formula. Groban has found commercial triumph via Foster's mentoring, but there remains a nagging sense here that he hasn't truly pushed himself as an artist--yet.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable voice
    My four star rating is given because Josh Groban has, in my opinion, the best male voice out there right now. I bought this CD strictly to hear him sing. In that I wasn't disappointed although some of the song choices leave me somewhat less than thrilled. "Mi Mancherai" is done so beautifully. It is by far my favorite. The collaberation of he and Joshua Bell was genius. Tracks 2,4,6,7, and 11 are also lovely. "Remember When It Rained" was written by Josh Groban and is quite pretty. He plays the piano on that song and does so very well. I hope he will do more playing in his future projects. As for the opinions about "Caruso" being less than well performed, I would have to disagree.
    The pop sound in some of the songs I could gladly do without. Ideally, he would stick to a more classical sound with the instruments adding to the beauty of his voice rather than detracting from it.
    This is the only CD I've ever bought the day it came out. I will likely do the same next time. And if there are more violin or piano or cello accompaniments and fewer by electric guitars and drums, I will be thrilled!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A little range reach but "Closer" to roots of appeal.
    I love music - all kinds of music. But the music on this cd seems almost tailor made for what my heart loves to hear best. David Foster has this incredible way of building a movie set of music around a spectacular voice. The effects are dramatic and to Josh Groban's interprative credit not melodramatic.

    Josh Groban really took a couple of risks here, he cowrote and plays piano on "Remember When It Rained". It's great to hear something a little different from him even if it isn't the best track on the cd. Some of the tracks sound a little saccharin like "Broken Vow" - the live version on the cd/dvd was better but "My Confession" is a wonderfully elegant ballad that takes Josh's voice to a higher range and works majestically well. Some of the tracks are absolutely spectacular like "Mi Mancherai" which includes some of the most expressive violin from Joshua Bell and "Oceano" which also includes musical arrangements that compliment and frame Josh's exquisite voice. Josh Groban's absolute pitch, warmth and power are showcased so well but this cd illustrates some lovely diversity not seen in the debut. It's hard to ascertain what Josh Groban is conveying when he sings but the aura of emotional distancing doesn't interfere with the extraordinary delivery on each track, it creates an appealing mystique. Even if a couple tracks are skippable - the cd overall is a demonstrative delicious big bang.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW WHAT AN AMAZING ARTIST
    This guy is amazing and i think that anybody that disagrees with me is crazy. This is a true artist and it is a GOD given talent also. You have to buy this CD if you really want to hear good music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Blew me away
    This guy and I are the same age and I cannot believe that wonderful voice comes out of him. This CD is a must get and I am glad I bought it. It is a perfect way to relax after a long day- his voice just soothes you. Favorite tunes are of course Oceano- also Mi Mancherai, Per Te, and Remember when it rained. He packs so much power into his music and Thank God for whoever discovered him!

    1-0 out of 5 stars 0 Stars
    What the world needs now is NOT an opera version of Clay Aiken! or should I say opera-wannabe version. Do yourself a favor and get the "Cabaret" soundtrack of the movie for some REAL MUSICAL TALENT. F-(-) ... Read more


    10. Trouble
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    11. Feels Like Home
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    Norah Jones blew everybody away with her jazzy, country-tinged,Grammy-winning debut CD, Come Away With Me. On this recording, Jones doesn't mess with her trademark formula. Under Arif Mardin's cozy co-production, Jones is supported by her writing partners, her Handsome Band, and some special guests (country legend Dolly Parton, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band, and jazz drummer Brian Blade, to name a few). Jones's Texas-twanged vocals and her sparse acoustic and electric Wurlitzer piano lines enliven the CD's 13 tracks, from the light and lively single, "Sunrise" to Tom Waits' "The Long Way Home" and the bouncy duet with Parton, "Creepin' In." Jones's soul-baring piano/vocal rendition of Duke Ellington's "Melancholia," retitled "Don't Miss You at All," proves she's a true Blue Note artist with unlimited potential. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road
    I am a Norah Jones fan but have to admit that her music is somewhat generic. The songs seem to blend into each other - besides the first single 'Sunrise' which is at least distinctive. She has a tendency to repeat a single word/line all throughout the song, until the fade out .. kind of following a formula of sorts. Not much content in the songs, not very good songwriting perhaps. I'm not a songwriter but would prefer songs where it doesn't feel like a broken record at times.

    The good points are that it's a very nice soothing album that you can put on in the background. Plus, she does have a wonderful voice. It's more country than her previous album, but that's a good thing .. I presume that's why it's called 'Feels Like Home'.

    Definitely recommended. It's good music to just put on during a drive home or for relaxing with a cup of hot chocolate (or coffee or whatever's your poison).

    PS: The CD has copy-control, I haven't had any problems with it but it's just something to keep in mind .. since according to the back, it might not work with most car CD players.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A unique, musical sound; great songs
    I was in a mood to find some new artists, and indirectly heard of Norah Jones. Amongst the other albums I ordered, I was very surprised and pleased to find this one. Norah's voice is very cool -- the songs are a little jazzy, a little bluesy and a little rock. They are all pleasing and complex without being too much, too loud, etc. I find myself listenging and discovering new aspects of the music each time and this has become one of my favorites.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet...
    A Norah Jones CD would sound just like one long continuous boring song if there were no breaks between tracks!
    I really tried hard to find some enjoyable quality in her music. But after the third song, she really starts to become annoying to listen to. It's like someone dragging their fingernails across a chalk board.

    5-0 out of 5 stars heaps better than the first cd...
    I was never a fan of Norah's, but the week this cd was released every music store in town was playing it in heavy rotation, so i started to like it, then i decided to buy it and i love it! it took me ages to get into it though. first i played my favourites and now have worked up to playing the whole cd. My faves would have to be Sunrise, Creeping In, Toes, Humble Me, Don't Miss You At All and The Prettiest Thing. The line in Humble Me 'Baby Teresa she's got your eyes, i see you all the time, when she asks about her daddy i never know what to say', really got to me. it's such a sad song..it made me think of Norah as a mom though, which was kind of weird, but i think she'd be a great one : ) This CD is fantastic and well worth the money. What's the enhanced bit on this CD?

    5-0 out of 5 stars great sophomore cd
    please ignore and disregard the mean one star reviews foe this excellent sophomore album from the grandaughter of the great indian sitar maestro ravi shankar and it gives me great pride as an indian to listen to her great albums and her accompilshments.very highly recommended.go norah go!!!!!!! ... Read more


    12. 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


    13. ELV1S 30 #1 Hits
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    In 1987, RCA released a one-disc Elvis compilation called The Number One Hits that featured 18 tracks. So how did the label come up with 12 additional number ones (13 if you count the sensational "A Little Less Conversation" remix that brings the King into the 21st century as a bona fide dance/electronica star)? Well, the '87 compilation featured only Billboard number ones. "In the Ghetto" and "Burning Love" never reached the top there, nor did "Way Down," despite every copy of that 45 selling out on both sides of the Atlantic following Presley's 1977 death. Instead, the new compilers have used the major pop charts in both the U.S. (including Cashbox) and U.K. to determine inclusions. The tracks have all been remixed from original masters, which proves awesome at best (some of the songs have never sounded crisper if, at times, slightly antiseptic) and problematic at worst. Purists will definitely quibble. "A Fool Such As I," for instance, sounds like Elvis rerecorded his vocals. Hank Garland's great guitar solo also sounds different. It might be an alternate take. That's definitely the case with "The Wonder of You." A few lyrics are even different, meaning this isn't the same version as the original 45. Of course, none of that should matter to the youngsters who've been singing along to "Hound Dog" on the Lilo & Stitch soundtrack, or to any other newcomers. Despite the complaints, this is arguably the best single disc Elvis primer to date. Real fans will want to explore much deeper for treasures to be found, but albums like this guarantee that this is one king who will deservedly live very long, if not forever. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The King Is Back....
    Elvis. One simple name that means so much. And to some music lovers, a word that means almost everything. Like it says in the CD jacket, "Before anyone did anything, Elvis did everything." This CD shows just that. Elvis has been called the King of Rock and Roll, a Gospel Guru and even a Great Balladere. This CD showcases just that. "30 #1 Hits" is a must have for any music lover. This CD commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death, and celebrates it in high fashion. 30 of his number ones are included here. Everything from rock to gospel is found here. All of his greats "Love Me Tender," "Jailhouse Rock," "All Shook Up," and "Can't Help Falling In Love," to his lesser known greats "One Night," "Way Down," "The Wonder of You," and "Wooden Heart" are here. Standouts for me include "Devil In Disguise," "Stuck On You," "Return To Sender," and "Good Luck Charm." There is even a `bonus' of sorts on the disc as well. "A Little Less Conversation," a song Elvis cut back in 1968 is remixed by JXL, dance-style, and is a wonderful listen. But the CD jacket is perhaps where the disc shines. It contains a brief history on each of the songs in the package, along with a few photos. I recommend that this CD be picked up because it will indeed please any music fan. It has the Elvis songs we all know and love, and some we probably forgot he even did. Once purchased you may find yourself singing along at times, and that is cool. Remember, Elvis is the King of R&R, and kings get all the attention. :-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars "I don't sound like anybody"
    Elvis once told Sam Phillips, of Sun Records, "I don't sound like anybody". That was true then and it remains true today.

    The remastering of these songs, many of them classics in the genre, is one of the most exciting ideas in music today. The sound quality is astounding. Every song sounds clearer, richer,and bassier.Most noticeably on "Burning Love". Play the version that's on 101 different CD's and then play this version. You'll never want to listen to any other version than this remastered gem. Try this with any of the 29 other remastered songs, and you run the risk of never wanting to listen to any Elvis release other than ELV1S 30 #1 Hits. Plus you get the newest #1 hit for Elvis, the remastered "A Little Less Conversation" remix.

    Many people will not give this new release a moment's thought. That would be a big mistake. There's great music on this CD that anyone who loves music should have in their collection. Certainly every Elvis fan already owns all these songs on several different CD's, tape or even vinyl, but nothing with the sound quality of this release, it's a must-have for the music lover or the Elvis fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Elv1s is the king of music!!!
    A must have for every Elv1s fans and new Elv1s fans around the world, I guarantee you, you will not get disappointed, 31 #1 Hits singles from US and UK in just 1 CD!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars The King's Legacy Is Being Compromised Here
    First of all, I love Elvis' music and have collected it for years and I have to admit if this is your first Elvis CD you probably will be satisfied. My problem with this CD is that Fool Such As I and The Wonder Of You are not the original hit versions that played on the radio way back when and helped build the King's legend. Fool is an alternate take and Wonder is a different live performance. These takes were never #1 anywhere and when you compare the original hits with these alternates you realise that RCA picked the right masters to originally release. In my opinion this is obscuring the King's legacy and in a way changing history for the new listener and not giving them all the goodness that was Elvis. Why would BMG do this? I suspect it is to coax the serious Elvis collector to buy yet again another rehash of hits that they have already bought many times over, just to get these two "special" tracks, and the novice Elvis collector wouldn't notice the difference. I would much rather have preferred a new two CD set of all the correct recordings remastered with today's technology (like the The Top Ten Hits did in 1988) and then have a seperate collection of nothing but unreleased alternates. However, these alternates always get sprinkled very sparingly in these endless Greatest Hits rehashes. But then again, I'm not a BMG marketing director, just another one of the millions of Elvis fans with money in my pocket.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect 31 #1 Hits!!!
    First of all, it's the only CD that contains 31 #1 Hit Singles in the USA and UK (A Little Less Conversation is the last #1 in the UK for 4 weeks in 2002) , there are 5 more Elv1s #1 which are not included in this CD bec. it would not fit in 1 CD, but it's in Elv1s 2nd To None album!

    Second, the sound is so crisp and clear, you can really hear the unbelievable great voice of Elv1s!

    Third, no wonder Elv1s is the Guiness Book Of World Record holder who has sold more than 1 billion records more than any other artist and www.riaa.com most Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums and singles in the USA more than any other artist!

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    14. Heavier Things
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    John Mayer's big label debut was a multi-platinum breakthrough success whose sensual anthem "Your Body is a Wonderland" scored him an unlikely Grammy for Best Pop Vocal. That out-of-the-box success–and more than a few critics grousing that Mayer's muse was cloned from Dave Matthews–primed him for the typical sophomore slump. Instead, Mayer delivers an album whose tone and title suggests a gentle, tongue-in-cheek rebuke to his naysayers. Propelled by the subtle ambitions of an expanded pop-jazz framework (largely courtesy of Sheryl Crow/No Doubt/Jellyfish producer Jack Joseph Puig), Mayer's breathy vocal tack now suggests a detached, conflicted, and significantly less precious incarnation of Michael Franks. But the way he weds fluid pop hooks to lyrical concerns whose self-obsessions are undercut by telling dollops of self-deprecation should clearly draw listeners in, from the my-spirit's-too-big/smart-for-my-body laments of "Clarity," upbeat single "Bigger Than My Body," and bluesy plea "Come Back to Bed" to the cautionary, melodically-rich "Daughters" and even the anti-materialist agitprop of "Something's Missing." --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Very Hot/Cold Follow-up to 2001 Room For Squares
    I was very anxious to hear the latest from John Mayer. After listening to 2001's sublime "Room For Squares", I was curious to see in what direction this soft-spoken acoustic strummer would go next. Upon listening to the lead-off single, "Bigger Than My Body", my expectations immediately rose. With it's stadium-sized chorus, and mystifying guitar texture's, "Bigger..." truly made me believe that Mayer just may top "Room For Squares". Sadly, however, the rest of the album does not quite stand up as well. The album kicks off with "Clarity", which boils down to Dave Matthews on his worst day. "Bigger..." redeems the false start immediately, and is followed by "Something's Missing"- Mayer's best track to date. "New Deep", a synth-laden self-proclamation of change, is a decent track, but is quickly followed up by the lame, and truly unnecessary...-anthem, "Come Back to Bed"- basically the morning after to "Your Body is a Wonderland". "Homelife" is just plain insipid, but "Spilt-Screen Sadness" is a creative new song with strong lyrics and a grooveable beat. "Daughters" is a truly standout track in a sea of mediocrity- a message of love to the daughters of the world, and a warning to everyone who takes them for granted. "Only Heart" is yet another strong track, although by this point, we are starting to see a trend of ballads geared towards a female audience. It comes to a less than satisfying close with "Wheel", a good track of filler, but nothing more. All in all, it is much better as whole than most albums out there. Still, fans of his more personal and introspective earlier works will be left disappointed at the lack of nostalgia and urgency in his music. But, hey, you can always outdo an amazing prior work. (i.e. Oasis, Barenaked Ladies, Fastball, The Counting Crows, etc.) Four stars for effort, though. Cheers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A totally different approach from John Mayer; I'm impressed.
    John Mayer is my favorite artist anyway, so I knew I'd like this album. But I like it in for a reason I didn't expect, something I was initially worried about: it's different.

    I read enough about the album ahead of time to know it was not "Room For Squares: Part II". John decided to utilize his band and write an album that has a completely different sound from his acoustic setting.

    As a result, I can tell you that this album accomplishes the same depth and soul that John Mayer's previous releases have expressed, but provides a different mood and atmosphere for his expressions.

    If I had been told to compare it to "Room For Squares", I couldn't. "Room For Squares" is my favorite album, and this is certainly not Room For Squares. The two albums stand independently, not connected at all. This album has a great electric sound while still possessing the depth of the expected John Mayer lyrics. It's a bluesy, southern rock style album overall, but has a lot of interesting twists.

    "Split Screen Sadness" will get you wondering if you bought the wrong album. "Daughters" returns to the John Mayer acoustic feel, and it's a great, sweet song. "Something's Missing" is birthed in studio form after appearing on "Any Given Thursday" as a live track, and the version is very good, although quite different (more mellow) than the hard, guitar-driven live version.

    John Mayer did a good thing with this album --- he didn't attempt to top "Room For Squares". He didn't attempt to write a new album to replace the old one. R4S is phenomenal.

    John has allowed that album to remain in my CD player alongside the new album. You don't have to throw out your old John Mayer to make room for the new...the different albums operate on totally different moods, so there's the best songwriter available to sing you the best songs anytime, and each album does a phenomenal job of catering to its particular mood.

    This is definitely worth your purchase. I won't let my friends burn it from me...they have to go buy it too. :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great listen
    The thing I noticed about this album is how different it is than Mayer's debut "Room for Squares". There's not as much acoustic. This isn't a bad thing, because Mayer still does a great job. John Mayer is probably my favorite artist in this genre of music. His vocals, lyric work, music, everything is just astounding.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mayer makes music worth listening to
    I don't know what rock I've been hiding under, but I have never heard John Mayer's music until I recently bought this cd. I don't listen to the radio...ever, but was recommended Mayer's music by two different friends, so I went ahead and bought it.

    Loved it instantly. The combination of acoustic rock and roll with new aged pop and a smooth sound. He has a knack for a nonchalant, cool guy delivery that's very effective. His music is so refreshing and creative, not to mention the amazingly clever linear notes in the cd insert booklet. Favorite songs include: "Daughters," "Clarity," "Homelife," and my favorite "Come Back To Bed."

    I still have yet to hear his other cds, mainly "Room for Squares" but that is next on my agenda!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
    This CD was a huge letdown.

    I liked a few songs on his "Room for Squares" but was completely unaffected by everything on this album save for "Charity," a great song.

    He's at the forefront of the male singer/songwriter thing right now in terms of popularity, but others are producing much better CDs. Try Patrick Park's "Loneliness Knows my Name," Joseph Arthur's "Redemption's Son," or Gavin DeGraw's "Chariot" instead. ... Read more


    15. Greatest Hits
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    Shania Twain--reclusive, happily married, mother of one--has sold more than 40 million albums with flirty, hook-laden, beat-heavy, country-tinged pop that has all the subtlety of a musical wet T-shirt contest, yet is as irresistible as Swiss chocolate and Pringles. There are a few heartfelt, moon-in-June love ballads on this generous and long-awaited 20-song collection, which includes three new songs along with all the predictable chart-toppers and near-chart-toppers. But it's the mostly non-stop, uptempo booty-shakers--too often with garish overproduction and vapid lyrics--that, for the unconverted, tend to run together after a while. No doubt, this relentlessly upbeat retrospective will keep Twain's millions of fans jumping up and down on their sofas. --Bob Allen ... Read more


    16. As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook: Volume II
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    At least Rod Stewart is consistent. Long accused by critics of selling his considerable interpretative talents short and playing it safe for the trappings of fame, Stewart revisits the font of his latest career revival here. But while 2002's It Had To Be You at least turned on the novelty of hearing raspy Rod the Mod tackle a slate of American pop standards with a boozy, world-weary tone that sometimes reinforced the originals' intent with trans-generational flair, the British rock icon unfortunately reverted to form a year later on this 14-track sequel. Set against the laconic, cocktail-friendly productions of vets Richard Perry and Phil Ramone, Stewart's performances seem strangely detached throughout. Even when offered the chance at some real human interaction on a pair of ill-conceived duets with Cher (who at least attempts to bring some dramatic flair to "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered") and Queen Latifah (whose recent turn in Chicago informs the title track), Stewart seems almost blissfully unaware of their presence. These are songs that virtually demand to be acted out, not phoned in. Brilliant vocal performances often reinforce the notion of "the singer, not the song;" here that old adage sounds more like a suggestion of where to place the blame for this album's disappointments.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Old Songs, New Audience, Same Irresistible Rod Stewart.
    Rod Stewart is truly a musical treasure. From the beginning he has been at the forefront of musical trends and this album is no exception. Who would have ever thought that a Rock & Roll legend like Rod Stewart would end up singing songs from the Great American Song Book? Well that is exactly what has happened, and I am very pleased with the result. With this follow up release to "It Had to Be You" Rod has firmly planted his feet as one of the main artists leading the way back to the wonderful tunes from the Great American Songbook.

    I have been listening to "As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook: Volume II" for several months now, and the more I listen the more I realize that Rod has a real gift for interpreting these gorgeous lyrics and melodies. His duets with Cher and Queen Latifah are exceptional, and Rod's version of "Time After Time" is my favorite. The musicians are truly wonderful and the production is first class. I applaud Rod Stewart for a fine effort, and thank him for helping to keep this great music from the past alive.

    If you enjoy listening to crooners and Big Band Swing, I would also suggest Monte Procopio's "Swingin' With Style". His 13-piece band swings and Monte can really sing the standards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Classic!
    Rod took classic songs and made them his own and with an original sound.

    Any one who likes swing type music from the 40's will love the new "spin" on this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Too much of a mediocre thing
    It is one thing to hear one of these tunes occasionally on an adult contemporary radio station. Whenever I did my reaction was usually "Well, isn't that interesting!" It is quite another thing to listen to an entire album of this stuff. Given the dismal vocal performances on this one I'm afraid I would have to classify this latest offering from Rod Stewart to be just short of awful. Whose idea was this anyway? When I see heavy hitters like Richard Perry, Clive Davis and Phil Ramone producing this album I would certainly expect better. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these arrangements. The raspy and at times annoying voice of Rod Stewart simply does not cut it. Why in the world would anyone want to listen to Rod Stewart mess around with "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" when you could just as easily enjoy the great Al Hibbler belting this one out with the Duke Ellington Orchestra? And Stewart's rendition of "Smile" certainly makes one yearn for the soothing tones of the late Nat King Cole. This CD proves that new is not always necessarily better. I also found Rod's version of the Flamingos classic "I Only Have Eyes For You" to be just plain atrocious!! If there is a highlight on this disc it would have to be the duet with Queen Latifah. It is clearly Stewart's best vocal performance on this disc and Queen Latifah proves that she is more than capable of singing this kind of material. At the end of the day if you are in the mood to hear some classics from "The Great American Songbook" go find yourself some of the originals. And as for Rod Stewart what's next? Classic country?

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag
    I didn't enjoy this collection quite as much as Volume One, but it does have its strengths. The title track, "As Time Goes By," sung as a duet with Queen Latifa, is probably the best rendition of this classic song that I have ever heard. On the other hand, the duet of "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" (sung with Cher)is downright painful to listen to (and this is one of my favorite songs ever). I have long been a fan of both Rod Stewart AND the "Great American Songbook," but his particular style only works on about half of the songs--but when it does work, the result is often a fresh, innovative, soulful interpretation of an old classic. Like its predecessor, this collection has strengths and weaknesses, but, on balance, I would much rather listen to Rod Stewart sing these great songs than to Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole singing "Maggie May" or "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy."

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not Even A Good Copy
    Sitting in a movie theater a while back, I heard Rod Stewart's first oldie album and I thought that this was very different from the Rod Stewart I saw perform at Big Surf, in Tempe Arizona many years ago. Then I realized he had simply stolen the concept and part of the track list, from Bryan Ferry's "At Time Goes By" album, which came out in late 1999.

    With this sequel, Rod Stewart completes the caper by including more tracks from "As Time Goes By" and, well, the album title too. He teams up with Queen Latifa and Cher, perhaps because he needs to. The cover of the album shows Mr. Stewart looking kind of embarrassed. He should be.

    If you want an album of romantic music from the 1930s, performed by talented musicians then don't buy this one. Take a look at "As Time Goes By" by Bryan Ferry. ... Read more


    17. Grace
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL COLLAGE OF UPLIFTING SONGS

    With countless hits and sold-out concerts to his credit it was a safe bet that Jim Brickman's latest would be great - and, it is.Described by the gifted. Brickman himself as "a selection of songs that soothe the spirit and nurture the soul," Grace is a beautiful collage of uplifting songs that represent and speak to different faiths.

    Baritone Mario Frangoulis (heard during one of Brickman's recent concert tours) offers a lyrical adaptation of "Ave Maria" that is sure to touch hearts, while Brickman himself soars with an interpretation of the Hebrew prayer Ayn Kaylohenu.

    Michael Bolton's powerful rendition of Brickman's original composition "Hear Me" is incredibly moving.The voice of singer/songwriter Ginny Owens brings new meaning to the beloved "Amazing Grace."

    All in all Grace is bound to be another chart-topper for Brickman, and a warm, positive, enriching listen for all.

    - Gail Cooke

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
    this is absolutely one of the best cd's i've purchased.
    the music is so healing and inspirational that i could listen to it the whole day. this is music for my ears and absolutely feel good. i highly recommend this to every jim brickman fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Gem!
    Jim Brickman is one pianist that sets himself apart from all other pianists by somehow creating music that clearly defines that it is he at the keyboards.The only other pianists that I feel do that are Ronnie Aldrich, Andre Previn and believe it or not, Floyd Kramer.This particular CD cannot be considered his best because in my opinion they are all his best and this is certainly no exception.It is very soothing music.I would highly recommend it to anyone who like Jim Brickman or fine music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jim's Best to Date
    "Hear Me" is amazing--his best song ever.The whole album is great.Even if you thought you don't like hymns--as many of these songs are--Jim's renditions are so original they take on a whole new vitality.It's no accident these songs have lasted (in some cases) hundreds of years--they have a timeless ability to inspire.As apparently, does Jim.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great album.... bad technology
    I have always enjoyed Jim Brickman's piano arrangments.I was not swayed in the least that these were spiritual and religious songs.

    The reason this gets four stars instead of five is because of the copy protection technology.There are WMAs embedded with digital rights management on the data portion of the disc.You can transfer those onto your portable device.

    However, I am almost reluctant to report that I was able to create perfect MP3s using my audio ripping program (Exact Audio Copy).No Sharpie marker required. ... Read more


    18. It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook
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    Rod Stewart's mellowing years have neatly coincided with a commitment to smart ballad choices and a generally warmer musical persona. Rod the Mod liberated at last? Like many a pop singer, Stewart returns here to what's become generally known as the Great American Songbook, that evergreen body of mid-20th century songcraft that continues to inspire singers across oceans and generations. It's said that Stewart has been vocalizing many of these songs in private for years, and given the warm, human scale of most of the performances here, it's not hard to believe. Producer Phil Ramone's spare, unobtrusive arrangements inspire the singer to some of his most subtle and rewarding performances in years. Stewart's slightly weary vocal tack handsomely suggests the smoke, booze, and aching heart that lie at the best of these songs. Such back-to-the-future efforts can often sound like a last career gasp; here, they seem a refreshing breath of fresh air. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Stewart's Most Romantic CD
    I'm forty-something and I grew up listening to these songs. My father was a music lover and collected numerous albums, tapes and CDs. When I heard Rod Stewart's version of "It Had To Be You" on the radio, I thought that I must have that CD. On my way home from work, I stopped by Tower Records to get me a copy, and found myself listening to it over and over again. I also ordered the VHS version on-line, and enjoyed watching the concert.

    I salute Mr. Stewart for coming up with this romantic CD, he should have done it earlier! I had to burn another copy to keep in my car. Almost all the songs are my old time favorites, such as "You Go To My Head", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "It Had To Be You", "These Foolish Things", "That Old Feeling","That's All", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Moonglow", "The Nearness Of You" and "The Very Thought Of You". I specially loved his rendition of "THESE FOOLISH THINGS"..... "two lovers on the street who walk like dreamers...."

    Part II will be released soon and I already pre-ordered a copy for me! It would have been nice if he will record some of the loveliest songs of all time such as "Moonlight Serenade", "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", "My One & Only Love", "The Look Of Love", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Night And Day", and "Stardust" to name a few.... Part III coming up?

    Bravo Mr. Rod Stewart!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST Love Songs Done By The Best Artist!
    I met my now fiance in Sept 2002. The next Month Rod's "Great American Songbook I" came out. I bought us both a copy and it instantly became "Our CD" The music from this CD has taken us though many happy, romantic, and bumpy times.. even the death of my Mom who loved many of these songs from her past. We both Plan to have our first dance as man and wife to "Just the way you look tonight" played from the CD. I also just got us both Volume II. These CD's are worth more than gold! I wish I could tell Rod Stewart THANK YOU in person! I can't believe the folks that gave Rod poor reviews! This CD went DOUBLE PLATINUM! That in itself tells you what a GREAT CD this is. I Can't wait for Volume III! I just hope Rod will sing "Fly Me To The Moon" for my sweetie. The music lives on in our hearts and always will.

    Kelly & soon to be Debbie Council

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Talent
    With this album Rod Steward has captured and brought back life to these beautiful and well writhen songs from the past. My personal opinion is that he was made to sing this style of music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Through the years.........
    Times change, people change, and people change with time. There seems to be a new crop of music out their. New artists like Steve Tyrell, Norah Jones and Diana Krall. Just to name a few. Who've brought back a sound from a different part of time. Maybe songs our parents listened to when they were dating or just got out of high school. But Rod Stewart? We all remember the raspy sound of the throat busting rocker from his days of fame when we hear Maggie, Hot Legs, or a hit he released in the last decade like Forever Young. This is a different type of music though and from a different era. You have to like this kind of music to appreciate it. I find it to be a very refreshing turn in music being released compared to others today like RAP. If you like RAP, you won't like this. The other has nothing but a beat and lyrics of violence, crime and hate. This music has a soft, relaxing tone to it. A gentle guitar or saxaphone in the background. We all remember the names of that era where this music came from; Ella Fitgerald, Jo Stafford, Sinatra, Bennett, the list is endless. You could take one song from this CD and see it was done by more than a dozen differnt artists back then. This CD brings the music to a new generation that's never heard it. They probably don't know what a 12 inch vinal record is either. In fact I'll bet there's a few young folks out there that have listened to this a couple of times and told theirself, "You know, I like this music." This is a CD you'd like to put on when you invite that special someone over for dinner or just chat and sit out on the porch with each other and look at the moon and stars. I hope this trend of bringing old music back continues. We need more companionship in our life today. We certainly don't need more violence as this RAP suggests.

    Just one last thought... from all the negative reviews I've read on Rod's latest CDs, I would guess that same crowd is to busy out there having sex to take the time to listen to it. Even more so, have never made love in their precious little life yet. What's that, you didn't know there was a difference between the two??

    1-0 out of 5 stars It is the material that you like
    If you think that you like this CD, I suspect that you are not really familiar with the material. It isn't Rod Stewart that you like. It is the great American songbook. If you love the material, then you need to hear it performed by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams. Stewart is not even close. I dare anyone to compare Stewart's version of "The Way You Look Tonight" to Sinatra's. I dare anyone to compare Stewart's version of "That's All" (an absolute, unmitigated disaster) to Mel Torme's.

    Don't like the "old guys"? Compare Stewart's version of "The Very Thought of You" to Steve Tyrell's interpretation on his CD, "A New Standard."

    I could go on and on and on, comparing Stewart to Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Harry Connick, Jr., etc., etc. Even Al Martino does a better job with this material than Rod Stewart.

    Shop around. If you like the songs, virtually any other recording of this material is bound to be better.

    I tried to give this CD a "zero" rating, but they wouldn't let me. ... Read more


    19. Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits
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    This is the first career-spanning, multi-label single disc compilation of her career, including hits from Elektra, Arista, etc.

    20 songs- every one of Carly’s top Billboard charting hits Digitally Remastered directly from the master tapes.

    First single disc multi-label compilation ever!

    One of music’s most influential and cherished singer/songwriters, Carly Simon has recorded and released over 25 albums and is internationally renowned as a versatile artist who is consistently breaking new ground.

    Grammy and Oscar winner, her experiences in life, love and motherhood and her strive for success have translated into several of the most memorable hit songs ever recorded.

    Various musicians such as Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Tori Amos, and Mandy Moore have recently covered some of Carly’s songs.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally well done
    Easily the most comprehensive Carly Simon collection out there. It's in chronological order and leads off with the hits from a generation ago, including "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," "You're So Vain," "Anticipation" and the rest of the favorites. Although her pop hits dried up by the late 1980's, there are some very good songs on the second half of the disc, including "Let The River Run," "Coming Around Again," and "Better Not To Tell Her." The final track is a duet with Carly's daughter, and it's worth hearing. All in all, highly recommended, especially for casual fans of Carly Simon. The sound is great, and there's a nice booklet with great liner notes and photographs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars NOBODY DOES IT BETTER THAN CARLY SIMON
    With an impressive career span going back toward the 70's Carly Simon has reached an impressive outpour of fans from around the world and still continues to be one of the most popular singers of the universe. This collection set titled Reflections is far more superb compared to the Best Of Carly Simon cd cause this covers nearly all of carly's most loved songs that made her a huge success in the 70'S. From touching ballads such as That's The way i always heard it should be to popular children's tunes such as Itsy Bitsy Spider from her Arista Debut Coming around again. The gospel sounding anthem Let the River Run is also included here from the Melanie Griffith film Working Girl as well as the James Bond hit Nobody Does It Better that was also used to hawk Safeway Supermarkets in the Late 90's. While this may be a fine sample of Simon's work it would have been nice to include Carly's version Of Winnie The Pooh from Disney's Piglet's Big Movie and Son Of a Gun with Janet Jackson and also from her Holiday album Pretty Paper with Willie Nelson. If you are a diehard Carly Simon Fan or just a starter like me this is a real true collection every fan must own. For more lite fare try these albums, Shirley Bassey- The Best Of Shirley Bassey, Carole King- Tapestry, Carole King- Throroughbred, Vikki Carr-It Must Be him/For Once In My life, Melissa Manchester-Melissa, Anne Murray- The Best So Far

    4-0 out of 5 stars missing one of her best songs
    I have not heard this reissue as yet but i'm sure it sounds wonderful. However, any CD that omits "I've got to have you" cannot be considered definitive. When that track appears on a "greatest hits" reissue my wallet will open. Until then, this is another missed opportunity. It's about time that compilers asked for feedback/suggestions from music lovers before issuing compilations. After all, we are the customer & our views should count.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL CD FOR EASY LISTENING!!!
    REFLECTIONS: CARLY SIMON'S GREATEST HITS

    1. That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be {From Carly Simon} (4:18)
    GOOD SONG!!! 8/10

    2. Legend in Your Own Time {From Anticipation} (3:46)
    Not my favorite, but still good. 6/10

    3. Anticipation {From Anticipation} (3:21)
    GREAT TUNE!!! 9/10

    4. The Right Thing to Do {From No Secrets} (2:58)
    Good tune. 8/10

    5. You're So Vain {From No Secrets} (4:18)
    GOOD SONG!!! 9/10

    6. Mockingbird [With James Taylor] {From Hotcakes} (3:48)
    LOVE IT!!! 9/10

    7. Haven't Got Time for the Pain {From Hotcakes} (3:55)
    Good, too. 8/10

    8. Nobody Does it Better {From The Spy Who Loved Me: Original Motion Picture Score} (3:44)
    DOESN'T EVERYONE LOVE THIS SONG!!!??? 9/10

    9. You Belong to Me {From Boys in the Trees} (3:12)
    Okay song. 7/10

    10. Jesse {From Come Upstairs} (4:19)
    Just as good as it always was. 8/10

    11. Coming Around Again {From Coming Around Again} (3:42)
    MY FAVORITE CARLY SIMON SONG!!! 10/10=A+=100%

    12. Give Me All Night {From Coming Around Again} (4:04)
    Not my favorite. 4/10

    13. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of {From Coming Around Again} (4:27)
    GOOD SONG!!! 9/10

    14. All I Want is You {From Coming Around Again} (3:59)
    AN OKAY SONG. 7/10

    15. Let the River Run {From Working Girl: Original Soundtrack Album} (3:41)
    Nice song. 7/10

    16. Better Not Tell Her {From Have You Seen Me Lately} (4:46)
    Don't like this one as well. 5/10

    17. Love of My Life {From This is My Life: Music from the Motion Picture} (3:33)
    PRETTY GOOD SONG. 7/10

    18. Like a River {From Letters Never Sent} (4:46)
    Relaxing song. 8/10

    19. Touched by the Sun {From Letters Never Sent} (5:28)
    SOOTHING song. 8/10

    20. Amity [With Sally Taylor] {From Anywhere But Here: Music from the Motion Picture} (3:02)
    A FEEL-GOOD SONG!!! 8/10

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Definitive...
    I believe the Carly Simon has a few "greatest hits" albums out there. This, however, seems to be the one to buy. The original recordings have been remastered to sound as good as they possibly can. The twenty tracks provide a comprehensive range of Carly's career - although I don't care for a few of the later songs. ALL of her greatest hits are here, so you will not need to buy another album to get one of her popular songs. ... Read more


    20. Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002
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    This is the first attempt to consolidate all of Sir Elton's hit singles, from three labels, in one collection. It once would've required at least four CDs to own the best stuff here. Many think the legendary performer was at his best in the early to mid-'70s, and the incredible string of singles that ran from 1970's "Your Song" through 1977's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" remains mighty impressive. But in retrospect, as they're presented here, '80s hits like "I'm Still Standing" and "Sad Songs" add much to an already amazing legacy. Three Disney tunes, the lush "The One," and two from Songs from the West Coast, which was hailed as a return to those '70s golden days, represent the later years. Collectively, these tracks reinforce the notion that, despite Michael Jackson's later proclamations, John was once the closest thing post-'60s music had to a genuine king of pop, respected by hipsters and the mainstream alike. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Throw Another Incomplete Elton Collection Onto The Heap
    If you're new to Elton John's back catalogue (or a parent looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for your child) this collection serves up 34 of his hits at a fair price. But there are ommissions here that any serious fan will miss. Key album tracks were understandably passed over, but many other A-sides and signature songs are excluded too.

    Notably missing from his '70s creative peak:

    Skyline Pigeon
    Take Me To The Pilot
    Border Song
    Burn Down The Mission
    Country Comfort
    Friends
    Michelle's Song
    Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
    Harmony
    Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    Step Into Christmas
    Pinball Wizard
    Grow Some Funk Of Your Own
    I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)
    Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance)
    Ego
    Mama Can't Buy You Love
    Part Time Love

    ... even '80s cuts like:

    Nobody Wins
    Chloe
    Blue Eyes
    Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
    Kiss The Bride
    Club At The End Of The Street
    Wrap Her Up

    ???

    The redundant live duets included on disc 3 of this set are utterly dispensable compared to these essential songs. A three disc hits package that included more of Elton's stronger '70s work would've been more deserving of the "Greatest" designation.

    I'm giving this package an extra star for the cover art alone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Definitive Collection of Elton's Biggest Hits
    This 2CD plus bonus mini-CD set, released in a second straight Christmas season dominated by comprehensive classic rock reissues, aspired to be the final definitive statement on Elton John's 30-year reign atop the pop charts.

    But despite a well-written essay and photographs, and an extra disc featuring duets with Luciano Pavarotti and Alejandro Safina (an unbelievably overwrought "Your Song") , this collection fails against Elton's three previously released best-ofs.

    Elton's first such collection from 1974 remains one of pop/rock diamonds. He, songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, producer Gus Dudgeon (who with John coordinated this set) mixed fast and slow, hard and soft, pulling pop music and cultural influences left and right to create one of music's most fertile, creative five year success runs. Repeated here, songs from that collection are missing ("Border Song") or truncated ("Daniel" and "Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting") Moreover, "Friends," among Elton's beloved songs, is missing and would have been a great value-add.

    His second volume from 1977 chronicled his three years as the world's most popular singing star. Yet two #1 radio hits from that collection missed this set, his bombastic "Pinball Wizard" and his audacious, reggae-tinged take on the Beatles "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." Elton made those tracks from respective rock superstars his own, sealing his dominance of the era.

    Elton's 1976-86 greatest hits collection, released by two different labels, covered his resurgent 80s career linked closely to the return of his piano-ballad style and acknowledgement from artists he influenced (everyone from George Michael to Guns n' Roses). Yet some remarkable songs from even that set (especially "Blue Eyes" and 1979's Thom Bell-produced "Mama Can't Buy You Love") are noticeable by their absence. Any would have formed a more compelling third disc than, say, 1990's flaccid Elton-Michael duet on "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me."

    Even the artwork looks slipshod. The cover recreates a 70s pencil-style drawing on white cover, with dates (1970-2002) indicating a short life, not a long career Elton defiantly announced was "To Be Continued" on his 4CD box set. Yet its hard arguing with the songs here, most correctly chronicling Elton's gradual shift from camp rocker to soft rock balladeer to Broadway and film composer/ classical collaborator. This set is recommended for casual fans or those wanting one spot for Elton's biggest hits. But fans wanting to dig deeper into Elton John's music and the pop culture he epitomised are better served by the three individual sets.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Quite the Definitive Elton John Collection
    Music: 4.5 Stars Compilation: 3.5 Stars

    There have been many Elton John collections over the years, even more so in Europe than here in the US. The release of "Greatest Hits 1970-2002" (34 tracks, 157 min.) is intended to be the truly definitive "greatest hits" collection. Did they get it right this time?

    Given the time limitation of a CD, the compiler(s) had two choices: either to collect truly the greatest and biggest hits of Elton John (which would have inevitably skewed the compilation towards the earlier years), or present a "balanced" compilation that includes songs from all phases of Elton's career, regardless how big or small a hit they were. Unfortunately, the compiler(s) chose the latter route. As a result, a number of weaker songs from the later years were included, and thus a number of better known and bigger hits not being included. Just to name the biggest oversights: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (a top 5 hit in 1974), "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)" (Elton's tribute to the slain John Lennon, a top 10 hit in 1981), "Song for Guy" (Elton's only instrumental hit ever, from 1978, a top 5 hit in most of Europe), "Pinball Wizzard" (1976 hit from the "Tommy" soundtrack), and even the novelty-hit "Step Into Christmas". But the biggest blunder of them all is the inexusable absence of a little thing called "Candle in the Wind 1997". Hello record company? It's only THE BIGGEST SELLING SINGLE OF ALL TIME, EVER, ANYWHERE!!!! Add those 6 songs instead of "The One", "Believe", "Blessed", "Something About the Way You Look Tonight", "Written in the Stars" and "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore", and then you truly would have had something called Elton John's "Greatest Hits 1970-2002".

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection Of Classic Music
    As one of the most successful musicians of all time, it was only a matter of time before Elton John would would get a 2 - disc hit s collection spanning his entire career. And while it does leave out quite a few key hits, it's the best collection of his hits so far.

    Disc 1 contains all the hits from Elton's glory years, the years where everything he touched turned to gold and platinum. Indeed, you can't go wrong with a cd that features "Your Song", "Rocket Man", "Crocodile Rock", "Bennie And The Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" and many other era - defining classics. In fact, if you take this cd and add a few more tracks by The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton - John, Barry Manilow, Bread, Rod Stewart, KC And The Sunshine Band, Donna Summer and The Rolling Stones, you'll have a virtual soundtrack to the 1970s'. There aren't really any surprises here, though I was a little shocked (though not all disappointed) that "Levon" and "Tiny Dancer" were included, since neither of them made the top 20 ("Tiny Dancer" didn't even make the top 40).

    Disc 2 begins with the 1976 number 1 Kiki Duet "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", before drifting into the 1989s' with the whimsical ballad "Little Jeannie". The 1980s' were not as big as the 1970s'. Elton only had occasional success, but still scored with hits like "Nikita" and "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That", not to mention "I'm Still Standing", "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" and "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues". Also included is his criminally underrated ballad "Sacrifice". The 1990s' were considerably more successful. In 1992, he scored a top 10 hit with the lush title track from his 1992 album "The One". In 1994, he scored a huge hit with the "Lion King" number "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", which won him an Oscar for best song along with Time Rice. The film gave him an additional top 20 hit with the stirring "Circle Of Life". 1995's "Made In England" gave him two more top 40 hits, the haunting ode to love "Believe" and the mystical "Blessed". And in 1997, he recorded "Something About The Way You Look Tonight", which became one half of the biggest selling single of all time. After the bland Leann Rimes duet "Written In The Stars", he rebounded with "I Want Love" and "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" from the 2001 album "Songs From The West Coast".

    The third bonus disc is a special treat. It starts off with the 1986 live version of "Candle In The Wind" from the "Live In Australia" album. While the 1973 version is the one that was a hit singl, peaking at number 6 in 1987. In 1992, Elton went all the way to number 1 with another live recording, duetting with George Michael on "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". This song and "Candle In The Wind" are also on disc 1 in their original studio version. "Live Like Horses" is a haunting duet with Lucianno Pavarotti that sends shivers down your spine. Track 4 is a new version of "Your Song" recordes by Alessandro Safina.

    This collection is far from complete. There are some songs I would have loved to see here, such as his number 1 hit cover of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". Or 1979's surprise top 10 hit "Mama Can't Buy You Love". Or the two hit ballads he scored in 1982, "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) and "Blue Eyes". Or his great, underappreciated duble - sided 1976 hit "Grow Some Funk Of Your Own"/"I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)".
    Some fans might complain that "Candle In The Wind 1997" has been excluded, but it was left off for obvious personal reasons. Still, this is the best Elton set yet. I highly suggest purchasing it.

    Update: I just saw an import version of this cd at Sam Goody that has ll the songs plus adds "Blue Eyes", "Kiss The Bride" and "Song For Guy" to disc 2 and includes a 10 - song third disc including "Pinball Wizard", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", and the new hits "Are Yo Ready For Love" and "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", the latter featuring some artist named Blue. Get it if you can, as it's slightly more complete.

    4-0 out of 5 stars CD 2 track 05
    I recently purchased this CD and I noticed that around 43 seconds on the second CD, track 5, Sad Songs, there is slight skip. I returned the CD and received a new one, and it has the identical problem. Has anyone out there experienced this problem? ... Read more


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