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    1. Free To Be ... You And Me (1972 Television Cast)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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    There are thousands upon thousands of children's albums out there, but the one that quietly left its mark with more '70s children than perhaps any other album was this disc. Free to Be...You and Me was a pet project of proud feminist Marlo Thomas (a.k.a. "That Girl"), and it was born--according to the liner notes--by the desire to provide her niece with music "to celebrate who she was and who she could be." Harry Belafonte sings "Parents Are People," ex-football great Rosie Grier offers an incredible, touching melody titled "It's All Right to Cry," and Diana Ross waxes future-positive on "When We Grow Up." A great hour of brain food for young--and not-so-young--children. --Denise Sheppard ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Marlo Thomas & Friends- Free to Be You and Me
    Most of the songs are delightful and positive. I do have one serious problem with one track however. The "Housework" track promotes a negative attitude toward housework that should not be instilled in anyone. My wife and I enjoy housework! Obviously, one's attitude toward housework is subjective, and therefore, should not be presented as a fact that mommy and daddy hate housework, and so will you when you grow up. Since we all have to do housework, we should promote a more positive attitude toward it. There is dignity in all honest work, including housework. I want my children to learn to enjoy housework. The track should focus primarily on the cooperative, fun, and rewarding aspects of housework. Incidently, if you want THE MOST FABULOUS (6 stars) children's music audio/video, check out Parachute Express' "Feel the Music." Our entire family dances and sings to it every day! It is absolutely fabulous! Ron Schlegel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makes me wish I grew up with this
    On an episode of "Inside the Actor's Studio," Gwyneth Paltrow cited this album as one of her major influences in life. This piqued my interest, and I grabbed it at my local library. I was so pleased that I wished my parents had this for me when I was a child in the 1980s.

    The messages are all very positive and life-affirming, even for adults. The "Free To Be... You And Me" theme song is just joyful. I love "William's Doll" for the pure affection of the Grandmother. The story of Atalanta is great, even for girls today. The line from Atalanta's father, the King, "Everyone gets married. It's what people do!" was surprisingly resonant. Not everybody gets married; some are meant for single life. The story's happy ending was satisfying, and good parents would be pleased if their daughter or son was happy whether they were married or not.

    "When We Grow Up" and "Glad To Have A Friend" show how good friends in childhood can really form a child's personality and outlook on their future.

    I love this, and I love that it sounds like the 19670s. Perfect.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Begs more questions than it answers
    I read a ton of the reviews and decided to check this CD out at the library to listen to it before buying. I was not one of the nostalgic parents who remembered this from childhood. After listening to it, I decided not to buy it. I REALLY did not care for this CD. Not only did I feel there was too much talk and not enough music, but the talk itself begged questions that probably don't even cross the minds of your average 2-3 year old (such as the "girls are just as good as boys" theme)-- your girl won't even wonder if she's as good as a boy if you don't make a "thing" of it and just treat her right. Anyway, this CD bugged me a lot because of issues like that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still timely after all these years
    I'm happy to finally own this album after having seen the video as an elementary school child. There are both songs that children can still sing when they feel they are too old for "children's music" such as "Free to Be You and Me" and whimsical songs smaller children would like such as "Helping." This album had a few pleasant surprises I didn't remember as a child, such as the hilarious "Housework" performed by Carol Channing. This album is startlingly ahead of its time with its message of self-esteem, liberating ideas on gender, and unselfconsciously racially integrated cast.

    I feel the language and subject matter in this album can be safely rated G (even in "Boy Meets Girl," when a girl and boy baby humorously debate who is the girl and who is the boy). This album is safe for households concerned about media encouraging bad behavior in their children. On the other hand, this album is best avoided by households that wish to instill "traditional" gender roles in their children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes! On to the next generation...
    This album was one of my formative influences as a kid. Now that many of my friends are having kids of their own, I'm passing it along to all the new parents I know.

    If you love(d) this album, do yourself a favor and get the companion book, _Stories for Free Children_. It explores the same themes of compassion, cooperation, and fun.

    On a side note, it was a revelation to come back to "Free to Be" in my college years and realize how many of the performers were Famous People. ... Read more


    2. Pure Disco [Polygram]
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    5-0 out of 5 stars disco's best cd
    this cd is a genius mix of great disco songs. its hard not to like it. to understand why, just look at whats on it: celebration by kool & the gang (classic), funkytown by lipps inc, dancing queen by abba, ymca by the village people, and many more. i mean, who doesnt know YMCA? also on this cd are less popular songs, such as knock on wood and hot stuff, but they were still popular and you will most likely know them as soon as you listen to the cd. at the end is the awesome grease megamix that anyone who likes the movie grease will know all the words to. on the megamix are grease lightning, you better shape up, you're the one that i want, and summer nights. this cd is great for parties along with personal listening because once you turn it on, everyone will want to get up and dance. Pure disco is the best disco mix around.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Disco is making a come back.
    Well maybe Disco isn't really coming back, but at least this compilation sounds better than ever. Plus, when thinking about it, when did it ever actually end? There's not much that really separates the music of twenty-five to thirty years ago with today. Disco was the generic term for dance music of the 70s and maybe 1980 and 81 up until MTV came into the scene. Today dance music still is around, even if several of these artists are not. But it is fun hearing the roots of clubbing and rave. Look at what you will get with this CD:Funkytown by Lipps Inc., which featured members of the Prince's Revolution Band famous for his Purple Rain disc, Abba's Dancing Queen which inspired a Broadway play Mamma Mia, Celebration by funk-disco band Kool and the Gang, a classic. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor which is one of the most covered tunes and a top dance song of all time. The Gap Band is here and they are an eighties favorite. Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and Barry White are legends and they're here. My favorite song is Amii Stewart's Knock on Wood from this collection. Plus among other's the famous mix of Grease tunes from the movie not found elsewhere. Give it a try and buy the other two as well. I am sure you will dance all night.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great collection of Classic Disco
    Yea, we all love to dance- but this collection of music
    are classics and they always get people young and old up to
    dance. Disco is NOT dead!

    4-0 out of 5 stars What a great series!
    Let me first go on record saying that my favorite artists of all time (at this point) are Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. In that vein, you wouldn't really expect a guy with a taste for that sort of music to dig disco. But I really do. Disco music defines "good times." If you've ever been to any sort of party in your life (hosted by a professional DJ, that is), the odds are you've heard a number of the songs on this compilation. And they're all great.

    Some are better than others, of course, but each song is catchy and the bass lines are funky. Not to mention cheesy. If you're looking for a cool collection of disco music and don't want to splurge the cash for expensive box sets or individual artists' albums, the "Pure Disco" series is a great investment. Throw in the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack and you've got enough great disco songs to blister your feet up.

    Why only four stars instead of five? That's easy. Barry White's "the First, the Last, My Everything" isn't the REAL version. Polygram omitted the spoken introduction and the phrasing is just a bit different from the original version. Must be some sort of radio edit.

    Despite this, great compilation. Two other recommendations: "the Bee Gee's Greatest Hits: the Record" and "Barry White: the Ultimate Collection."

    5-0 out of 5 stars PURE DISCO / VOL . 1, 2 & 3
    This is the best disco set available!!! Although,disco music
    was short lived,it was an era that no one will forget.To some it
    was a fashion statement.To others,a threat of,the downfall of
    rock & roll music,as we knew it.No matter how you felt about it you must agree that some of best feel good music came from that
    generation.I also feel that the word: "CHEESY" came from this time period.I,myself,liked it because I could sleep in my clothes
    without the fear of wrinkling them... ... Read more


    3. Pure Disco, Vol. 2
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Series
    This is the best of the "Pure Disco" series. It contains all the best songs. It kicks off with a decent remix of Gloria Gaynor's disco standard "I Will Survive" and the album takes off after that. My favorite track would probably be "Turn the Beat Around," an explosive purscussion-based track. You also get "What A Feeling" from the movie Flashdance which was which hit long after disco's hey-day and "Rock the Boat" which was is considered by some the first disco song. Abba are included with "Gimme Gimme Gimme" which was not one of their bigger songs, but a great disco track anyways and the Weather Girls are a great addition with "It's Raining Men." This is an awesome CD for a party. It'll be sure to have everyone up and dancing to these great disco classics!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! A Fun Disco Compilation!
    Who knew a disco compilation could be so fun? This is actually one of the best (And funnest) CDs I have ever listened to. The album starts out with the fantastic I Will Survive Remix, which is followed by the classic Shake Your Booty by KC & The Sunshine Band. Vicki Sue Robinson's song Turn The Beat Around combines catchy hooks and great vocals to make one of the biggest dance anthems ever. Then the CD gets corny for just a little bit to include Macho Man and We Are Family. Irene Cara was a huge star after the songs from Fame and Flashdance, and she shows she has some killer vocals on the uplifting Flashdance (What A Feeling). The next few songs are sort of medium until you hit Rock The Boat by The Hues Corporation, which was recently featured on a Pepsi commercial. Then comes Love Rollercoaster, which was definately one of Disco's biggest hits. The rest of the highlights are Abba's haunting and catchy Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! (A Man After Midnight), Anita Ward's unique vocals on Ring My Bell, the two classic hits Last Dance by Donna Summer and It's Raining Men by the Weather Girls, and then finally the Diva Megamix. If you are a fan of disco, or are just looking for a fun party CD, this is definately the one for you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the Pure Disco series.
    This is a great compilation album! It starts off with a remix of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor. I prefer the original, found on Pure Disco #1. The second track is the KC and the Sunshine Band Hit, "Shake Your Booty", which I doubt anyone doesn't know at least one line of. Then is one of my favorite disco songs, Vicki Sue Robinson's "Turn the Beat Around". It is a song with so much going on you almost get lost! After that is "Macho Man" by the Village People, which is definitely not one of my favorites, but some people like it. Next is Sister Sledge's "We Are Family", which is just a bit repetitious. After that is the famous "What a Feeling" by Irene Cara. It may not technically be disco, but it's a nice inclusion. Next is Andy Gibb's "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", which I like the beat and melody, but not Andy Gibb's vocals. After that is "Everlasting Love" by Carl Carlton, a quite unappreciated song. Then you'll hear "Can't Get Enough of Your Love", a Barry White song I'm not too fond of. After that is The Hues Corporation's "Rock the Boat", which annoys me for some crazy reason. Then you'll get "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio players, the most annoying disco song of all time. The only songs after that worth mentioning are "Upside Down", a fun song by the Motown/Disco legend Diana Ross. "Gimme Gimme Gimme", one of my favorite ABBA songs, "It's Raining Men", a song with about 3 other versions floating around, and "Last Dance", the most energetic disco song I've heard. The best songs on here are "Last Dance", "Turn the Beat Around", and "What a Feeling". I reccomend this to any disco fans.

    2-0 out of 5 stars My kids Love This Collection!
    I do too...Listening, i forget how long it has been since these
    songs were popular! Few of these artsts had great albums,but if you are looking for a collection of good disco music from a fun
    era...when you could still escape with music...this is a must-have! My kids love it too...and they are very young!
    Regina

    5-0 out of 5 stars Flash Back in Time
    Great selection of favorite listening and dance hits from the 70's. Although some of the songs I really wouldn't classify as disco, every one on the cd brought back many memories. ... Read more


    4. Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition)
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    In an age when the old-timey soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? sells 5 million copies, it's hard to imagine how revolutionary Will the Circle Be Unbroken seemed upon its release 30 years ago. The triple album (now rereleased as a two-CD set) paired many of Nashville's venerable country and bluegrass performers (Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Vassar Clements) with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, or as Acuff called them, "a bunch of long-haired West Coast boys." The idea seemed nearly as foreign as Martians setting down in Tennessee, but the Dirt Band were Colorado hippies steeped in the genre, so there was no disputing the authenticity of the music, or its earthy appeal. Aside from the sheer joy of the performances (listen to Jimmy Martin's "whoop" on "Sunny Side of the Mountain"), there's great fun in hearing Roy Acuff give the boys a lesson in doing a song right the first time (and using the word hell before launching into a religious number). And Mother Maybelle wafts through like a benevolent ghost, or at least a patron saint. One caveat: The boast of four previously unreleased tracks is balderdash, since three are really between-track conversations and rehearsals, and only "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" qualifies as a real song. But that's nitpicking. Buy it. Love it. Wallow in it. O brother, that's country music! --Alanna Nash ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars you are there....
    As Will the Circle Be Unbroken came together I was living the dream of a young picker: getting to play with the people who created the form of music I had grown to love and yearned to emulate. The story on how this came about is available, but the result is what counts here. It was one of the best experiences in my life, and captured a young band at its best, shining our spotlight at the time on our heroes. And boy, did they shine back.
    Vassar set the benchmark for fiddlers to aspire to with his hot inspired approach.. Earl as always defined the 5 string banjo ... Roy sang great and his performances stand as some of his best work. Travis and his songs bring you in to a different branch of the country folk world with his genius guitar style matched by his wise words written from his Kentucky background. Doc shares with everyone his joy of hot music, and makes everyone feel at home. (The first time meeting between Doc and Merle helped us out, as when we saw it happening we realized we were in a group of great people who were all truly fans of each other as much as we were of them.) Jimmy Martin demonstrated to us between cuts that he knew what his music should sound like, and cordially let us in on the secrets. He is one of the best bluegrass/country singers, and here shows why that is said. Maybelle was like an angel and, never realizing her impact on music in general, just wanted to do her songs in a way that would 'please everyone... the more the merrier.. ' She would laid down the spirit of the whole project . This was not something she could teach, but from her we learned.

    This is a great album, and I say this not because I am a part of it. I do not listen to a lot of albums. I rarely listen to other Dirt Band music, although I like it. And, I play it live. But, after I remastered this from the original masters, and having heard it over the years, it seems like I would have had enough. I have listened to this probably 50 times since remastering, and look forward to the next flight where I can take a trip back to a time that was in a space where we all are frozen in the moment.

    Circle represents much of the best of American music, songs, picking, singing, writing... and still draws me to it. I am sure anyone who likes acoustic music of the Americana type will find themselves drawn to it also. Circle becomes a welcome part of your life.
    Thanks to the 96/24 mastering, it sounds better than ever, too.

    The new pieces I put in are all equally important to me. I am proud that the Washington Post's great review mistakenly said Earl played Foggy Mt. Breakdown. The talking cuts showcase Jimmy Martin and his way of getting to the point, and gives us further insight to the true bluegrass great: funny, natural, strange.. and a definite opinion of exactly where he wants his music. And he is right.

    The piece around Sunny Side is there to show all who have asked over the years "what was it like?" It captures the true spontaneity of the sessions; the constant chatter of all the players, uncertain of who was going to play where, how it starts, if one should wear picks or not... and it all of a sudden blends in to the start of such a touching piece of great music that now obviously comes from real people who are creating it from the heart.

    The perfect closing song for this remastered work I found in the hours of the constant running tape, the bit of song where Doc asks us to "Remember Me when the twilight begins to fall.." and seems to speak for everyone. As I sat in the control room on the third day of running the tapes I said to the engineer "I hope today we come across the perfect closer for this" and it was the next piece of music.

    So here it is - this journey back in time we were so very fortunate to make and be a part of - Will the Circle Be Unbroken in time I believe we will find to be as well known in American culture as has Wizard of Oz, Dark Side of the Moon, The Music Man, Citizen Kane, The Tonight Show, The Grand Ole Opry, and ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Bluegrass work of art!
    In 1971, the boys of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band got together with some of the all-time greats of Country music (including Earl Scruggs, Mother Maybelle Carter, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff and others), and produced a three record album that was one of the greatest Bluegrass Country music albums ever made. Some thirty years later, this album has been re-released on two CDs, with four bonus tracks (three are dialogue and the other is the Bluegrass classic, Foggy Mountain Breakdown).

    This is a great CD collection. The music is absolutely wonderful to listen to, a real work of art, sure to be enjoyed by any Bluegrass fan. Though the title might suggest that this is a collection of religious songs, in fact only a few are overtly religious, while most are simply Bluegrass tunes played by real experts. I loved listening to this album, and highly recommend it to you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Circle Will Never Be Broken
    Before there was "O Brother, Where Art Thou," there was "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," the time the masters taught the long-haired boys how to make music. Now 30 years after its original release we have this marvelous album remastered for CD. Like wine and friends, these songs just get better with age. The great country/bluegrass musicians are all here-- Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs et al. I had forgotten that wonderful improvizational feel of this live album. If you close your eyes, these musicians appear to be "pickin" and "sangin" in your living room. The original album closed with a beautiful guitar solo by Randy Scruggs of Joni Mitchell's "Both Side Now." I'm not sure much is gained in this version by adding the four previously unreleased tracks. The producers should have left well enough alone. With that minor gripe, I know of no better country music CD than this one. It ought to be placed into a time capsule for future generations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just bought my third copy!
    I loved this album when it came out, and it's one of the few recordings from that period in my life that I still listen to as Good Music, not just an exercise in nostalgia. Growing up in San Jose, CA, 50-plus years ago, I cut my teeth on this music (my father moonlighted as a drummer in a country-western band), so the album made me feel right at home. But the quality of the performances is outstanding, the give-and-take between the musicians is fun to listen to, and the warmth and rapport in the studio comes through on every track. (I'm especially fond of "Soldier's Joy," which makes "Dueling Banjos" sound like a pallid imitation, but there literally isn't a single bad track on the whole album.) I wore out copies on 8-track tape and vinyl, so I'm delighted that a new, remastered version is now available on CD. (Note: Two versions are available, a CD/DVD combo including live studio action, and a 2-CD set with just music. The latter, which I bought, includes four previously unpublished bonus tracks, mostly conversations between the musicians, but John McEuen's breakneck rendition of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" is pretty impressive.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars perfect
    This album is as good as it gets for more reasons than I care to iterate. If you care at all for classic blue grass performed at an unsurpassed level of perfection, get it. ... Read more


    5. Folkways: The Original Vision [Bonus Tracks]
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    Reintroduce yourself to the Smithsonian Folkways essentials. More than 15 years ago, Folkways: The Original Vision was one of the first albums released by a then fledgling Smithsonian Folkways label. It was conceived and sequenced to complement Folkways: A Vision Shared, a benefit/tribute album consisting of 14 reinterpretations of Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly songs by a cross-section of some of popular music's top stars at the time. Now, with the re-release of this historic album on its 15th anniversary, Smithsonian Folkways expands upon the original concept with the addition of 6 bonus tracks, and enhances it with stunning new packaging and newly extended notes. Original Vision now provides an even fuller insight into the scope and impact that Guthrie's and Lead Belly's music has made over the last half century. ... Read more


    6. Pure Funk
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I'd give it ten stars if I could...
    This is one awesome CD. I originally bought it because I saw two songs I liked on the CD case - "Brickhouse" by The Commodores, and "Car Wash" by Rose Royce. Not being too familiar with the funk genre at the time, I figured this would be another of my CDs where I bought it for the two or three songs I liked, and the rest were throwaways. Besides, it was on sale, and looked like a good bargain.

    After having played the CD, I was like, WOW! Every song on this CD totally jams! I found myself buying albums from the likes of Issac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield just through the influence of this CD. I now have a much broader musical taste and enjoy the strains of "The Theme from Shaft" while rolling down the highway. This is my favorite CD by far, and is unlikely to be unseated by another in the near future.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes!
    This CD rocks the house. It's got all the classic funk songs, from Shaft to Superfly to Brickhouse and Car Wash. It is excellent. The tunes just keep bouncing around in my head. It's great dance music as well. This is a classic, buy it today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars luv da funk
    volume 1 and 2 of pure funk r the twon best funk cds out there buy them 2day

    5-0 out of 5 stars PURE!
    Thank you, oh funk-compilation-geniuses. This CD introduced me to funk and lifted me out of the disco genre. While "Don't Stop the Music" is a low point, and i have developed a pyschological block to "Car Wash" (very like my relationship with fleetwood mac's "Landslide") the rest of the album is funk, at it's purest best. "Brick House" "Shining Star" and "Lady Marmalade" are very, very worth the money. It's a great CD for listening to when you're having a low day (i.e. Mondays), or at a party. Basically rooted out all of the crappy funk that otherwise innocent souls would have had to sift through.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid!
    Pure Funk is the best compilation CD of funk I've seen. Although there are a couple of misses and boderline songs (Cameo, Yarbrough and Peoples), the disc holds up very well. It would be hard to include more funk hits into one disc, but a glaring missing-in-funk-tion is James Brown's "Get on Up" or "Hot Pants". The first four songs are worth the price of the album. ... Read more


    7. On a Starry Night
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    The party line on most Windham Hill products seems to be that it's either the greatest stuff since wave machines, or that it all sounds alike. On a Starry Night, with its collection of world songs and reputable artists such as Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, the Turtle Island String Quartet, and others, does lean toward a seamlessly understated, homogeneous quality that is broken only occasionally by Bobby McFerrin's piece and a couple of others. That said, there can hardly be a more mellow or sonorous album of kid's music anywhere. Starry Night could calm a nursery with no nurses; why, it could even soothe the pained yelps at the dog pound--and turn a freeway full of bumper-to-bumper sour pusses into pussycats. Effective? You've heard of mind control, haven't you? --Martin Keller ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars gentle music for children and adults
    I believe that music is a powerful and innate force in our lives, so I bought a number of CDs geared toward children when I gave birth. Most were harmless enough, many became tiresome after a while .... this CD still gets played regularly at our house after three years.

    International artists play and sing old favorites as well as songs new to us, but even the old favorites (Rock-a-bye-baby, Brahms Lullaby) are performed in engaging ways which renew their interest. Heaven knows, I am not one to seek out Kumbaya, but I even like that song here! Seventeen songs are presented from the US, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Ireland, Congo, Ghana, Cuba, Iceland, Israel, England, Russia and Germany. Some are sung, most are instrumental. All are very beautiful and soothing. The CD booklet contains a paragraph about each song with performance credits, original words and translation.

    A remarkably soothing collection of lullabies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Will definitely become one of your favorites!!
    This CD is beautiful and so soothing. It really does give you a dreamy effect. It's good for the soul! We use it for bedtime music for our 4yr old, and not only does she love it, but we love it. I am so glad I found this CD. It raises the standard of what good lullaby compilations should sound like. First Class music, indeed. Don't hesitate if you're looking for good music for nightime or even a relaxing break in the day for your little ones-this is an excellent choice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Soothing, dreamy music!
    I just had to write a review of this cd. It was recommended to me by another mother, and I tried it and love it! We like to listen to it in the living room as nap time approaches, nursing with the lights dimmed. With the fan going and this cd on quietly, both momma and baby start drifting off to sleep. It's absolutely wonderful, and I recommend it to anyone who needs some instant R&R.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Your Baby Will Love This CD
    We were given "Starry Night" as a gift when our son was born 21 months ago. It is one of the best gifts we have received as he has been sleeping to this CD from day one. The minute we turn the CD on and dim the lights he knows that it's time to sleep - whether it's for a nap in the afternoon or after a long day of running around.

    We love this CD so much that both sets of in-laws bought it for our son...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most relaxing compilation of music I've ever heard
    This CD is a must-have! My 9-month-old puts her head on my shoulder to drift off to sleep as soon as she hears the first tune - no matter the time of day. She is always asleep before the end of the second track (the delicate, almost haunting Japanese Music Box) and I'm consistently teary by the end of the third (in English it's known as "Go to Sleep" - the lyrics will make any parent's heart ache with love for your child). It even gets the three- and four-year-olds to sleep in my older daughter's preschool class. What would really be great is if massage therapists would play this CD instead of that babbling brook, new age stuff - now THAT would be worth $100. ... Read more


    8. Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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    A splendid Seattle-scene overview featuring the likes of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney--everyone of note, in fact, save Nirvana Bonus: two songs from Minnesotan Paul Westerberg, his first since folding the Replacements. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Still the greatest soundtrack of all time
    Eleven years later, and this is an unequalled achievement: Even post-Tarantino soundtracks and countless other greats, "Singles" stands up as the best soundtrack of all time.

    Effortlessly blending all of the all-stars of the early 1990s Seattle scene except Nirvana, recorded JUST before they broke into the international music consciousness, "Singles" is both an amazing snapshot of a point in time and a great companion piece for fans of that music.

    Songs unavailable elsewhere from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Chris Cornell, Smashing Pumpkins and Mother Love Bone is something of a dream come true for many music fans, and what's especially nice is that there's no filler anywhere on this album. Even lesser lights like The Lovemongers turn in great tunes, such as the band's rocking cover of Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore."

    Sticking out as not being part of the Seattle scene is post-Replacements Paul Westerberg, but his two songs -- the only performer on the album to do two, although Chris Cornell performs both with and without Soundgarden -- are probably the best tunes in the collection.

    While this makes a great companion piece to the movie, which features music quite strongly -- one scene even features a character stopping the action so his girlfriend (and the audience) can listen to a good section of Jimi Hendrix's "May This Be Love" (included on the soundtrack) -- it stands alone as simply a great album as well.

    My strongest possible recommendation for fans of early 1990s rock music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seattle Snapshot
    Back in the early 90's, Seattle was the hippest place in the country. From grunge music to coffee, Seattle was the center of cool. Cameron Crowe used the city and it's music scene as the backdrop for his second movie, Singles. This soundtrack is made up of mostly Seattle grunge bands and is a true gem. Many of the bands included here are instantly recognizable, but at the time of the movie's release they were young and fresh and just making a dent on the music scene. Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden & Smashing Pumpkins all released highly successful and notable recordings throughout the 90's and they all contribute excellent songs. Pearl Jam provides two numbers and they are among the band's best. "Breathe" is a classic PJ rocker in the "Alive" vein while "State Of Love & Trust" contains a classic Vedder lyric. Alice In Chains provides the short burst of energy in the pulsating "Would?" and Soundgarden's lead singer Chris Cornell contributes the reflective "Seasons". The two non-Seattle performers, Minnesotan Paul Westerberg & Chicagoans Smashing Pumpkins, give the album two of it's best songs. Westerberg's "Dyslexic Heart" plays throughout the movie and gives it its theme. It is a great piece of pop music and stands in contrast to the grunginess of the rest of the album. The Smashing Pumpkins close the album out with the feedback driven epic "Drown". Other lesser known Seattle bands who never reached the mainstream success of the previously mentioned bands given the album a nice balance. Mudhoney is a Seattle legend and they provide "Overblown" while a band who contained future members of Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone's "Chloe Dancer" is quite poignant. Seattle godfather Jimi Hendrix is here as is the Lovemongers which is Heart's acoustic forary. All in All the album and movie is a time capsule of Seattle and is worth looking back on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for the '90s
    In the course of the two decades I have listened to music, my favorite decade for music was the early '90s when alternative (I hate using this world immensely) music was big thanks to the explosion of Nirvana and grunge (another term I hate using) music. One of the most defining moments in alternative music that particular decade was the Seattle-based film "Singles" (one of the few films I can stomach from Cameron Crowe). Not only did I love the film but the soundtrack was equally good. It had some of the hottest modern rock bands of the decade on one cd. Not only was it the soundtrack to an excellent film but also the soundtrack to generation x (ugh! another term I loathe). One of my personal favorite songs on the cd is by Minneapolis hero Paul Westerberg "Dyslexic Heart", an incredibly infectious song that I could not get out of my head when I first heard the song. The cd kicks off with one of the most premier grunge bands from the '90s, "Would" by Alice in Chains. It is one of my favorite songs by Alice in Chains with its trademark sludge guitars provided by Jerry Cantrell and nihilistic lyrics by Layne Stayley (R.I.P). Ironically enough, Cameron's wife Nancy Wilson (Heart/The Lovemongers) appears on the cd with her side project The Lovemongers. They do a fairly interesting cover of Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore". All the songs are great. I love the Screaming Trees' "Nearly Lost You" and "Seasons" by Chris Cornell. "Singles" is evidence to what great music that came out of the '90s. Too bad the new millenium has proven jacksquat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Those were the great days of Music in the 1990s
    The Grundge era of the early 90s was a wonderful time for me, growing up as a teen. The music, album and movie were great. I still love the grunge music from that time period. It's better than what happened musically the rest of the decade and into the new millenium.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia...
    This was one of the first albums (I got it on cassette) which I ever bought, back when I was about 15 or so in 1992. I had been listening to the radio for a year or so, hearing all those "grunge" sounds coming out of Seattle at the time. This became my favorite for 1992, and whenever I hear any of these songs these days it instantly takes me back to my teenage years, as awkward as they may have been, just because of the newness of the whole thing. So far as I can tell this was the last big "scene" in rock, to break at a national level. At the time, everyone was wearing flannels and faded jeans (I was no exception). Not all of the music has held up (I'd cite Alice in Chains as sounding more dated than the rest but maybe I just personally don't like the sound), but much of it sounds even better to me now than it did back then. The Chris Cornell solo track is very passionate and soulful (why didn't he just go solo back then??) and the Pearl Jam songs are better than anything I have heard on their albums. Basically, this is the only early-90s rock compilation you'll ever need, it has everything and as some reviewers pointed out, no filler. Even a throw-back to the best stuff from the 80s, with Paul Westerberg of the Replacements contributing a few great tracks. By the way, as this soundtrack gets so much press on its own, see the movie too! It's great, and now that I'm a few years short of 30 I appreciate it more. ... Read more


    9. Wanted! The Outlaws
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    Less successful when it's sentimental (Waylon Jennings' "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys") than when it's wry (Willie Nelson's myth-puncturing "Me and Paul"), this cash-in compilation of previously released cuts was just in time to grab the first platinum record ever awarded a country album. It's not bad, but both Jennings' contemporaneous Dreaming My Dreams and Nelson's Red Headed Stranger are more nuanced tastes of the good-bad-but-not-evil-ol'-boy lifestyle. (Not to mention much of Tompall Glaser's own Outlaw compilation.) This 1996 CD reissue adds nine more tracks from the era as well as a new Jennings-and-Nelson version of Steve Earle's "Nowhere Road." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Snapshot of a Transitional Time
    This album is like a phantom that won't die, and in this case that's certainly a good thing. Forget that, when it was first released in 1976, it wasn't even "original." Indeed, RCA was out to capitalize on the fact that Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were finally receiving widespread radio recognition as establishment rebels and that Jessi Colter was, for at least a couple of years, one of the biggest selling female artists in country music. All three of them had made a series of uneven recordings back in the early 70's under contract with RCA, several of which became the 'Outlaws" album in its smash-hit 1976 incarnation. Now, two decades later, more kindling has been added to the fire, but the effect is not entirely pleasing. Listening to several of the 'newer' songs by Waylon and Willie, one realizes why they never made it to any final studio album cuts in the first place. The album does remind us, however, that it's a bit of a shame that Jessi Colter faded into the woodwork after three massive-selling albums during the outlaw years--her songwriting hooks and stark vocals--especially on 'If She's Where You Like Livin'--are still oddly ahead of their time. This album is for die hard outlaw cultists only.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a childhood memory, an adult treasure
    I remember back in the late 70's sitting in the back of my parents car on numerous roadtrips across Texas listening to this album. Now even though I was into rock and roll at the time, this album still held my attention on those long trips. I bought my own copy a few weeks ago when I heard that Waylon had passed to that great honky tonk in the sky. Man what a great album! My boyhood memories have been coming back to me with each listen. There is not a weak track on this record, with many of them finding their way to Willie and Waylons greatest hits albums. As mentioned by earlier reviewers, Jesse Colter is the hidden gem of this album. The album includes ten new tracks that did not make the original cut, but are all strong. "Why you been gone so long" by Jesse is really outstanding. Finally, the newest track "Nowhere Road" is a Steve Earle song recorded in 1996 by Willie and Waylon (Earle produced it). All I can say is this song should be playing on country radio right now, as its better that 99.9% of all the current country tunes. Do yourself a favor and add this album to your collection. Put it on, sit back and listen, you might be able to imagine what the Austin outlaw country scene was like in the late 70's!

    5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST COUNTRY ALBUMS EVER!
    Lord this is a great album! My dad had this one when we were growing up and I remember listening to it in the evenings when the day's work was done. It includes hits from all the big fellas. Gosh you don't find music of that caliber nowadays. When I was 15 I borrowed this record from Dad's collection and broke it accidently. I felt bad for what I'd done and made it worse by lying to him when he asked me if I knew where it was. A few days later he found it and I had to fess up. Boy was I in trouble! It was a sore lesson, but I needed it. I understand why Dad was so upset. That Outlaw record was his favorite. If you grew up with this music or just like to reminisce about the good ol days, I honestly think you'll love this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Country and Western Got Cool Here
    Outlaws are often the stuff of country and western songs.

    In the annals of popular music, this CD is a bit of an outlaws tale. After this album came out in the mid 1970's, Nashville's total dominance of Country & Western was ended. Austin Texas, a sleepy small town in the middle of the Lone Star State, became a rival center for country, blues, rock, and other music genres.

    Willie & Waylon contribute most of the sound, style, and songs here. Perhaps this is to be expected, since they were already "names" at the time this CD was originally released: Waylon as a performer, Willie as a songwriter. But Jessi Colter has a great voice, and Tompall Glaser provides great instumental accompaniment as the rhythm section.

    Willie and Waylon were pure gold after this, and while Jessi Colter & Tompall Glaser were not heard from much afterward, they do live on here.

    Waylon Jennings had several big singles and successful concert tours after he and Willie Nelson went their separate ways. But even so, his biggest applause came when he did the tunes from this CD. Sadly, Waylon Jennings declined and was in ill health during most of the 1990's. Willie Nelson has managed to sustain a career full of comebacks -- the IRS, marijuana arrests, and an occasional flop album have all failed to stop him from becoming an (admittedly unlikely) popular folk-hero.

    Like "The Weavers at Carnegie hall", which is often credited with launching a folk music revival, and the early Beatles & Stones albums which generated interested in anything that came from England, this album is often credited with the birth of "alt Country".

    Because of its maverick style and content (more radical at the time than today), it has retained or obtained a status that few country and western CD's ever do: IT'S COOL.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collaboration!
    Nashville's rebels and outlaws are back! Waylon and Willie's original "Outlaws" CD is titled, 20th Anniversary CD. It includes the originals, the lost songs, and the new, a total of 21. Included is Waylon's wife Jessie Colter, who I believe had a modest career of her own, her most popular, or as they say, signature song, a beautiful ballad "I'm Not Jessie"

    The combined talent of Nashville rebels, Waylon and Willie was phenomenal! With different vocal styles, their teaming was a major success! Nelson's nasal sound worked well with deeper vocals of Waylon. Tompall Glaser, I can't say I had heard about him, but he does "Tea for Texas" and the catchy sexist tune by Shel Silverstein "Put Another Log on the Fire". ......fill my pipe and then go fetch my slippers and boil me up another pot of tea, then put another log on the fire and come and tell me why you're leaving me.

    "Me and Paul" has always been a favorite by Willie, here his deeper voice projects. That and "Yesterday's Wine" are both written by Willie Nelson. Also included on the original LP are "Heroes have Always been Cowboys." Jessie and Waylon do their hit "Suspicious Minds." Twenty years later, a 1996 anniversary CD is a classic timepiece and includes the lost songs, these do include several more by Jessie Colter, who lends a very soothing beautiful voice to the male dominated CD. She and Waylon do "Under Your Spell."

    The "new" portion stated on the CD includes rockabilly and folk singer Steve Earle's hit "Nowhere Road" done by Waylon and Willie. Steve Earle produced this anniversary CD. I love the two Willie Nelson ballads "Healing Hands" and "You Left a Long Time Ago", a very soft, mellow song about watching and losing a love. A first-rate collection, a real classic! ...MzRizz ... Read more


    10. Chart Toppers: Dance Hits of the 50's
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Variety of Songs from the 1950's
    If you enjoy songs from the 1950's this CD should be in your collection. It has a great variety of songs from that time period. What made it especially attractive to me was the inclusion of the song "The Witch Doctor." I have tried very hard to find this song on a CD, and this is the only one that I could find that had it included. I wouldn't have bought the CD if it wasn't for this song, because I already had the "key" songs for me on other CD's, but if you don't have these songs on a CD of your own this would be a great one to have in your collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you could want in a 50's compilation and more!!!
    DANCE HITS OF THE 50'S is just what it says it is. It contains all of your favorite, up beat dance hits that you love to listen and dance to. ... Read more


    11. Classic TV Game Show Themes
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great themes from the classics...
    This CD has great themes from the classics...from famous shows like "Wheel Of Fortune" (its "Changing Keys" theme which was used from 1983 to 1991), "Jeopardy" (the theme first used for the Alex Trebek syndicated version...this version was used until around 1996 when it was replaced by a modernized version), and the classic "The Price Is Right" (which has been in use since 1972) to obscure shows like "The Wizard Of Odds" and "Go". There are also great themes to "Password" (this one from the 1971-1975 ABC version), "The New $25,000 Pyramid", "Tic Tac Dough" and "The Joker's Wild" (Hal Hidey wrote both these great themes for those 2 great shows), "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" (both pretty good themes by the creator of those two shows, Chuck Barris), "What's My Line" (the closing theme from 1950 to 1967), "I've Got A Secret" (opening theme from 1952 to 1967), "To Tell The Truth" (opening theme from 1969 to 1978), "G.E. College Bowl" (opening theme from 1959 to 1970), "Match Game" (the 1970s version...Dumb Dora was SO DUMB...), "Family Feud" (opening theme from 1976 to 1985...Survey SAYS this is a great theme), "Card Sharks" (opening theme from 1978 to 1981...this theme was also heard on the short-lived Alex Trebek NBC gameshow "Double Dare"), "Jackpot" (opening theme from 1985 to 1990), and "Chain Reaction" (opening theme which was used on not only the 1980 NBC Bill Cullen run but also the 1986-1991 Geoff Edwards run). A must-have!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy it! A treasure chest for the game show fan!!!
    If you've got a love for game shows, then folks, this one is a must buy. My favorite tracks on the CD are Wheel Of Fortune (Heard on TV from 1983 to 1991) and Jeopardy! (1984-1996). For true game show fans, there are themes like Match Game, Password, I'VE GOT A Secret and What's My Line. And don't worry Price Is Right, Family Feud and $100,000 Pyramid fans, the themes of these shows and lesser known shows (GO!, The Wizard of Oddz and Chain Reaction) are all here. With 20 mouthwatering original themes, this is a knockout!

    4-0 out of 5 stars You don't know how to tell the truth
    This CD features 20 theme songs from classic (and a few obscure) TV game shows. They managed to find the music from these shows without the announcer's voiceover that you usual here on the shows. The sound is good, although the recordings from the 1950s sound a bit "thin". The recordings are in mono, with a few exceptions. (The stereo recordings are "Wheel of Fortune", "Jeopardy!", "The Dating Game", "The Newlywed Game" and "Family Feud".) This CD is a lot of fun. Recommended to game show fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Come on down!
    Game shows, we all loved them and continue to love them to this day . Thanks to this great CD we are able to relive some of the moments through the great themes of the past.

    Some of the real classics are here. Like the old Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! themes. Price is Right, Family Fued and Match Game. Every song on here is a classic. Some you may not know to well like Wizard of Odds or Go! but I think the great thing about this CD is that first of all its 20 complete game show themes. Secondly it gives a good taste of all time periods. From the really old What's My Line and Password to some defunct 70s shows to classics that are still on Game Show Network to this day.

    Any fan of game shows or old tv shows will love to hear the themes on this. Its truly a wonderful idea and I thank Game Show Network for putting this together for the fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oldies But Goodies
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    12. Best of 70s Supergroups
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
    Not a bad collection of 70's stuff, every song on this CD will be pleasing to the ear. Boston, Santana, ELO and others are represented as well as many other groups. If you are into the music of the 70's then this will fullfill all your expectations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
    If you're like me and don't own all of the original (albums!) tapes from these bands, then you'll love this CD. I often try to find classic rock compilations that have REALLY good songs on them, but most of the time I only like about 4 or 5 songs on any one collection. Not so with this CD! I snapped this one up because I totally enjoy every one of these songs. And several of these bands were one or two hit wonders, so why buy the band's whole tape in order to get one or two songs? Okay, so I'm not a die hard fan. Whether you have the original tapes or not, you'll like the variety and awesome guitar on this collection of classic 70's rock.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good collection, but is there anything here you need?
    Of course, during the 70s the term "supergroup" was used to refer to rock bands made up from members of other rock bands (e.g., Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young was a supergroup made up of members from Buffalo Springfield and the Bryds). But on "Best of the 70s Supergroups" the term "supergroup" means a group that sold millions of of records (e.g., Boston, Grand Funk), although not necessarily so (e.g., Little River Band), as opposed to a solo artist (e.g., Elton John). This album does span the entire decade, since several of the musicians who started out in The Guess Who at the start of the decade were in Bachman Turner Overdrive (a.k.a. BTO) by the end. The problem is going to be that if you graduated high school or college during that particular decade you probably have pretty much everything that is in this collection that you would already want. That was my problem; there was one song on this collection that was an addition to my music library. However, if this is indeed the music of your youth (read: junior high or earlier), then you might be able to fill up some serious holes in your music collection with this album.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good songs, tape quality not so good.
    I had to adjust the volume between different songs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No wonder K-Tel went bankrupt
    Wow! That's about all I can say here. This indispensable 5-star gem kicks off with the MIT-grad bad boys of Boston rocking the house with More Than A Feeling, introducing to us for the first time!!! the same guitar riff they would beat senseless over the next fifteen years and countless comeback albums and tours. It's one thing to have an MIT pedigree, quite another to get a job at Hewlett Packard when all you have on your resume is "play guitar."

    Then we get "Evil Woman," or should I say "E-E-vil Woman," the first smash hit from borderline werewolf Jeff Lynne and crew. Clearly incensed that the Bee Gees sold more albums in the 70s, after a few buttons of peyote one night Mr. Lynne vowed to grow his hair taller, wider and longer than Barry Gibb, and as this song amply shows, when anger like that is channeled properly, one starts humming "Staying Alive" whether he wants to or not.

    Then Styx paddled onto the scene, bringing with them their big hit often mistaken for Christopher Cross's big hit. There is very little that can be said about Come Sail Away, and I'm not about to try.

    Luckily, right when you have the razor blades ready over your wrists, BTO pounds their way onto the CD, saving the day with one of the true rock anthems of the 70s, right up there with Rock n Roll All Night and Show Me The Way. If you don't know who performed those two songs, then you shouldn't be buying this CD. As David Crosby has said, if you didn't spend the 70s drying out and seeking organ replacements while peddling your works to corporate America, well then laddie, I guess you just missed the 60s altogether.

    I could go on and on, but Amazon only allows 1000 words and I am too lazy to count. Perhaps others can fill in for tracks 5-14, but 1-4 alone make this CD worth having in your collection. Big Tone says make a spot this baby, even if you have to chuck that American Graffiti soundtrack or one of your Beach Boy CDs! ... Read more


    13. Spanky & Our Gang - Greatest Hits
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Spanky has more hits than misses.
    SOME PROS: Finally, a digitally remastered Spanky collection! A mix of broadway-style and cover tunes not found on the 1988 "Greatest Hits" CD really flaunts the incredible diversity and talent of the band. An innovative cover of "Stardust" has a great segue into the eerie bridge of "Like to Get to Know You." And perhaps the best ever showcase of Spanky's vocal talent: A dramatic cover of "Brother Can You Spare a Dime." "Lazy Days" is as ridiculously giddy as ever with it's newly remastered clarity. Good liner notes round out the package (Did you know "Sunday WIll Never Be the Same" was first offered to the Mama's and the Papa's?). SOME CONS: The classic studio gab before and after "Sunday Mornin'" has been oddly nixed in this collection. Such memorable tunes as "It's Not Necessarily Bird Avenue," "Three Ways from Tomorrow" and "Commerical" -- all on the last collection -- are missing here, in favor of at least one dud: The title says it all on "Without Rhyme or Reason." And the remastering is a bit inconsistent. "Give a Damn" is now clear as bell, but on other tracks, like "Sunday Mornin'" you won't be able to tell any difference in sound quality from prior versions. CONCLUSION: In the end, it probably should have been a double-CD. But we all know that would have been a tougher sell, and just having the classic tracks remastered with some new variations thrown in is well worth it. Spanky never sounded better. A must-have for any Spanky, Mama's, or 5th Dimension fan.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Blended!
    Aside from the usual, well-deserved appreciation for Spanky Elaine's nail-me-to-the-wall power, and the whole band's subtle, manifold vocal nuances, a word might be said for the multi-hued social-scene snapshot of the late 1960's this record provides. I mean, if easy-listening producers dropped acid while arranging an AM radio format hit, it would sound like "I'd Like to Get to Know You" and like the fade-in-fade-out of "Sunday Morning"... I wonder if that's how they did it! Anyway, this cool music clearly shows how most EVERYONE got groovy from 66-69 -- not only the hard rockers, but also the folkies, easy-listeners, and everyone whose hair grew longer and ties grew wider, while their minds expanded. All God's best to all of you, from Mark M.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seems To Me This Fits A "Greatest Hits" Label
    I'm not sure what one reviewer is getting at when complaining about the omission of Suzanne from this compilation. The term "greatest hits" is meant to convey the best of an artist's hit singles - the sales that turned them into stars - and in this respect it release delivers the goods.

    At least as far as the A-sides are concerned, as all nine Billboard Hot 100 hits chalked up between 1967 and 1969 for this Chicago-based group are here. Named after the character in the old Little Rascals series, Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, along with guitarists Lefty Baker, Nigel Pickering, and Malcolm Hale, drummer John Seiter, and bassist Kenny Hodges, had their best hit come first when Sunday Will Never Be The Same reached # 9 in June 1967 for the Mercury label.

    Their second offering that year, Making Every Minute Count, didn't fare nearly as well, although it did make the Top 40, settling in at # 31 that September. Towards the end of the year they had their second-best hit when Lazy Day peaked at # 14. This pattern continued in 1968 with Sunday Mornin' topping out at # 30 in February, followed by a # 17 with Like To Get To Know You in June.

    After that, they never had another Top 40, with the closest being Give A Damn which hit # 43 in September 1968. That December Yesterday's Rain struggled to a # 94 b/w Without Rhyme Or Reason - which is a fitting description of the producer's decision to make this the only B-side included in a 15-track CD.

    They didn't do much better in 1969, gaining just a # 86 with Anything You Choose that March, followed by their last charter, And She's Mine, which petered out at # 97 in June. Elaine would get new life in the early 1980s as the new lead singer with the revamped Mamas & The Papas, although there would be no furher hit singles.

    As for Suzanne, if Judy Collins had a hit single with the Leonard Cohen-penned tune, it must have been on some obscure charts as the ONLY hit version that I know of belonged to Noel Harrison, son of actor Rex Harrison. And it was a minor one at that, reaching # 56 late in 1967 on Reprise.

    I can't find fault with this CD from the point of view of missing hits, nor is there to be any criticism of the sound quality, which is excellent. Even the liner notes and track information come as a surprise for a Polygram release [more often than not they give us nothing in that regard]. Perhaps it could be argued that they should have gone to 18 tracks and included all the B-sides. But I was just happy to see all nine hits in one reasonably-priced package.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Where's Suzanne?
    It is a major frustration for a Spanky and Our Gang fan to be forced to shell our [money] to get an import Cd that contains one of their very best songs, Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne." Cohen, a great songwrier, and an acquired taste as a singer, wrote this veritable anthem for the sixties, and it produced at least three brilliant and totally different renditions. Judy Collins had the hit, a straightforward folkie version, perfectly suited for her voice and the general public's taste. Roberta Flack, with the ingenious production/arrangement skills of Deodato, put out a seven minute or so album cut that turns the song into a funky Gospel workout.
    And then there was Spanky & Our Gang's version. Utterly different from the first mentioned styles, it had to be heard to be appreciated. Filled with rhythmic shifts, great harmonies, full orchestral backing, and Spanky's soaring, soulful voice, it gave me chills each time I heard it. With the grooves worn off my vinyl copy, I look forward to the day the original Spanky and Our gang's albums are re-released on CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Decent hits comp
    Though a bit on the meager side track count-wise (the 15 here could have easily been 18 or so), this new greatest hits compilation is a modest improvement over the previous collection. It does contain all nine of their top-100 charting singles along with a selection of album cuts. The choice of these additional tracks reflects an attempt to showcase diverse styles of music attempted by the group (mostly Spanky solo actually) with varying degrees of success and appeal. Having been remastered may imply more sonic improvement than is actually realized but it does show, at least on some tracks. The liner notes include three pages of backround on the group and track details, however some carelessness is evident from a mistake repeated three times in the track listings regarding the b-side appearance of "Without Rhyme Or Reason" making one wonder how carefully the entire package was conceived. Nevertheless, this is a competent collection of Spanky and Our Gang's hits but except for the more serious collector, not a critical replacement for the previous compilation CD should you already own that piece. ... Read more


    14. Bossa Nova Brasil
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Bossa Nova and MPB
    I picked this up several years ago, and what a great disc this is. It's got some old classics on it and some pretty rare tracks too. At the time I picked it up, this was actually a series. There is another cd titled: "Samba Brasil" that has a similar cover, but is white and green.

    The artists on this are fantastic. From Gal Costa do Vinicius De Moraes, you're taken on a real trip through some of the classics in Brazilian music. Perhaps most interesting and stellar of which is the Elis Regina only vocal of Waters of March. It has such an innocent sound! Carlos Lyra's "Influencia Do Jazz" will take you to a beach in the late 60's, and Baden Powell's Consolacao has that rich acoustic sound I've grown up with and love. And check out Joao Gilberto's song here along with Gal Costa's tracks... She's a VERY underrated singer IMO. But this CD isn't without fault. The sound quality can be suspect on some tracks, and a song or two weren't what I would have selected from the musicians here. (You can find "Aguas De Beber" and "Girl from Ipanema" on virtually every compilation.

    Still I would have to recommend this. It's not that expensive, and out of most of the Bossa Nova/MPB samplers, this is one of the better ones IMO. For the make of Samba De Bencao, Elis Regina, Baden Powell, Tamba Trio (who did the wildly successful take of "Mas Que Nada" that featured in the 1998 World Cup commercial with Brazilian footballers in an airport) and the others... good tunes. Also check out Nova Bossa Nova - a companion piece to "Red Hot & Rio". There is some overlap, but the other version of Baden Powell's cut on that comp is better than this one IMO. Maybe also check out Bossa Nova Gold, a two disc set of MPB and Bossa Nova.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wish I could Give It 6 Stars
    One of my all time favorite discs! A great introduction for this style of Brazilian music. Romantic beyond belief!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting afternoon music
    Put this on as a soundtrack for the perfect afternoon. It will bring summer to winter, yet cool off a sultry August day. There are other more comperhensive reviews here, and it was by reading them that I bought this. I am happy I did!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to bossa nova
    This great introduction to Bossa Nova couldn't be a better value-for-money. Sampling from each of the major trends in the genre, _Bossa Nova Brasil_ will turn the mildest curiosity in the rhythms into a genuine interest. This is great I-just-got-off-work-and-I've-got-a-date-in-an-hour music. Put it on in your car to unwind and enjoy the ride. Or throw open your windows on a spring day and celebrate the change of seasons. Or share it with someone you love to dance embarrassingly unwell with. Whatever you do, though, give bossa nova a try, and trust that this collection will be an excellent way to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A stick a stone...
    Great compilation with great artists; it reminds you of a sunset beach in Brasil. Elis Regina's solo origanal of Waters of March is timeless and Leila Pinheiro's Pra Iluminar is one of the smoothest sambas I had ever heard. Other artists don't disappoint. A must have for any Bossa Nova collection. ... Read more


    15. Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1955
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Four early rock and roll classics, but really nothing else
    This Billboard collection of "Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1955" starts off big time with four absolute classics of early rock: "Rock Around the Clock," "Maybellene," "Earth Angel," and "Ain't That a Shame." But once you get past those four biggies you are probably going to be in uncharted territory. "Sincerely" by the Moonglows was the only one I recognized. So if you do not have the above referenced quartet of classics from Billy Haley, Chuck Berry, the Penguins, and Fats Domino, then this is an album you should consider adding to your Fifties music collection. But if you have all (or most) of those songs, you should probably keep on looking.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great songs!! A must-listen to and a must-have forever!
    I think that this is one of the best Billboard CD's that's been made. However, I don't think it's as good as Billboard CDs' 1979 and 1986, but for being one of the best ones out there, I'm giving this CD 5 stars out of 5. Erik Carr Age 12 ... Read more


    16. Heavy Metal: Music From The Motion Picture
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    5-0 out of 5 stars 1981 Classic..........
    This has to be one of the best soundtracks of all time from the 1980's. The movie is just an 80's classic and sets the stage for the genre itself. I know every Heavy Metal fan has to have his or hers favorite on here. My 2 favorites are "Heavy Metal" By Sammy Hagar (this version is way better then the one off the "Standing Hampton" LP) and "Prefabricated" By Trust. I can go on and on about both the movie and the soundtrack. I just recently bought this album back in the summer of 1998 and was amazed that they even made it for CD. This brings back a lot of memories for me and i hope many others. Here's a saying from the song "Heartbeat" By Riggs...."Heartbeat...heartbeat, i'll do you in a heartbeat." Remember from the chase in the first half of the film, so classic.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Catch a contact buzzzzzzz....
    What a great movie to eat a bag of mushrooms and chill out to. The soundtrack has the same effect, but lacks the strenght of the movie's visuals. The Donald Fagan song was reported by Joe Walsh during an Eagles interview to be an idea they 'passed around' originally titled, "you're really high, aren't you?" The answer to that is a resounding YES! While watching the cartoon chic get naked during "Open Artms" on the DVD adds a new dimension to the Journey song, it still holds up as one of the best rock ballads of all-time, before they became a lame bunch of wussies. The BOC track kicks ass and so do the Nazareth, Sammy Hagar (also before he sucked) and even the Devo track. Even the Dio fronted Sabbath "Mob Rules" doesn't make me want to vommit as much as his usual dragon/wizard rantings do. I don't remember the rest of the tunes...it must be all of the space dust....but regardless, buy the DVD before you buy the sound track, but either way, visit your dealer first.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A strange selection of non-heavy-metal songs
    There are only four good songs on this album:

    Heavy Metal by Sammy Hagar
    Heavy Metal by Don Felder
    Radar Rider by Riggs

    Okay, three songs. I was going to add Blue Oyster Cult's 'Veteran of the Psychic Wars' or Black Sabbath's 'The Mob Rules,' but they just aren't in the same class as the three listed above.

    And the rest of it? Well, Cheap Trick is always entertaining but never amazing. The songs by lesser-known bands are okay. Journey's 'Open Arms' is completely out of place. So is Stevie Nicks.

    You have to admire the wide range of songs here, but the top three outshine the rest. (And there's something funny about the fact that the two best songs on the Heavy Metal soundtrack are BOTH called Heavy Metal. Maybe the producers should have given each band or musician that requirement: "The song has to be called Heavy Metal.")

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite soundtracks!
    This is a superb compilation full of realitively overlooked 80's gems (with the exception of Journey's "Open Arms"). If it weren't for this popular movie, these songs and maybe even their artists wouldv'e been forgotten. I am 18 and have missed the theatrical boat for "Heavy Metal" but home video took care of that. One of this first things I did after seeing the movie was going out and buying this excellent CD. It was an unforgettbale time when music was unique in their lyrics and sound. If there were ever to be a justice anthology for the 80's, this CD is a perfect start. Imagine, this was only by 1981. The decade just begun and already, the 80's music treasure trove was wrought with riches. Go out and buy this. You won't be disappointed as a film fan or a classic rock fan!

    4-0 out of 5 stars More like a classic rock soundtrack
    Overall, this CD would've better if it had groups like Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and maybe Krokus but instead they have the classic rock groups like Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Sammy Hagar, Journey and more but at least we have the metal tunes like Black Sabbath, Riggs and Trust (wonder what happened to those other two bands) and Cheap Trick has an awesome intro and outro from I Must Be Dreamin' and I also really liked Nazareth's Crazy (Suitable Case For Treatment) and of course the best song on this CD is the title track from Sammy Hagar and Don Felder. ... Read more


    17. Pure Disco, Vol. 3
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not truly "disco"
    This disc is too spotty as a disco comp for me to consider truly representative of the best music of the disco ball and platform shoes era. While the best material("Le Freak", "Disco Inferno","Love Machine","In the Navy","Heart of Glass") exemplify what this SHOULD be, other songs are either mediocre ("Could it Be Magic?","Get Up and Boogie"), or else not really representative of the disco era/sound. ("Ladies Night" is NOT disco...even if it is a nice 'club' song. Neither is a REMIXED version of "You're the One that I want"..which wasn't disco to begin with regardless of vintage.)

    There are better disco collections out there. Keep looking...

    4-0 out of 5 stars NOT SO PURE!
    What on earth makes the compilers think that Lay All Your Love On Me (Abba) and You're The One That I Want (Travolta etc) are disco? Sure they were big hits during the disco heyday but that doesn't make them part of the genre. Apart from that, the selection is great, with the Three Degrees at their dreamy best, Chic & Sister Sledge still sounding fresh, excellent faceless Eurodisco from Silver Convention (Where's the Andrea True Connection?), a good sprinkling of classics: In The Navy, Disco Inferno, You Make Me Feel ... and my favourite, Andy Gibb's Shadow Dancing which remained No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 8 weeks in 1978.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Funked Out
    I own all three of the Pure Disco CDs. There were only two songs that really caught my attention and made me glad that I purchased it. I was pretty much funked out by the other two. They have most of the good songs on them. I wouldn't say not to buy it, I would just suggest finding the best bargain for it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good.... but the first is the best
    Yep... it's a good CD but in my opinion, the first one in the trilogy is the best. Any way you will enjoy the tracks if you are a disco music fan. If you just are familiar with that kind of music, and about 30 years old, maybe you can find some unknown songs. It's a good selection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars some of the songs were great, but others..........
    There were a few non disco songs on this CD, for example, "Forget Me Nots". ... Read more


    18. 16 Biggest Hits
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The elegant and dramatic vocal phrasings of Rosemary Clooney
    "16 Biggest Hits" is a misnomer as a title because these are not, literally, the 16 biggest hits in the music career of Rosemary Clooney. Two of her Top 10 hits, "Beautiful Brown Eyes" and "The Night Before Christmas Song," are not included, which proves the point. But it is still a solid collection with a couple of tracks you might not have in your music library that would well be worth the adding. My top choice would be the duet "Sisters," the Irving Berlin song from the classical holiday film "White Christmas," which Rosemary sings with her sister Betty Clooney.

    These songs are taken from her successful years recording for Columbia in teh 1950s after leaving the Tony Pastor Orchestra (and her sister) but before switching to RCA Victor in 1957. Included on the play list are all four of her Number 1 singles, "Come on-a My House," "Half as Much," "Hey There," and "This Ole House." There is also the Oscar winning song "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," recorded with Harry James and His Orchestra as well as "Sophisticated Lady," done with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.

    The main thing here is that these are all songs that show the strengths of Rosemary Clooney as a lyric interpreter of song. With her it is the phrasing more than the singing. For that reason I have always enjoyed listening to Clooney sing rather than watching her in a film, because the drama was always in the singing and not the way she looked (invariably cool, calm, and collected). This is one of the reasons why, like Frank Sinatra, she could continue to sing effectively for audiences even after her voice started to decline.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Original Rosemary Songs
    Great original recordings by the GRAND LADY of the 50's. Highly Recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great hit collection by a zesty singer
    This a GREAT CD for both young people just interested in great American singing and Clooney as well as for Clooney's longtime fans. Anyone who has liked or just discovered that he/she likes Rosemary Clooney will play a lot of it over and over. It is not a mere nostalgia piece. Most of it holds up quite well. In fact, you could call it The Good, the Bad (in the modern sense as "GREAT") and the ugly (as in "UGLY.").

    The CD, comprised of 16-pristine 1950s recordings, contains Clooney's biggest commercial hits from Columbia and a few bonuses. It artfully displays not only the commercial Clooney who could take a silly song shoved down her talented throat and turn it into a hit -- but foreshadows the later critically acclaimed Comeback Clooney, whose career was tragically cut short by her death from cancer. Here are a few of the songs that fall into categories such as:

    --The GOOD: "This Ole House" still holds up as a lively FUN novelty number. 'Come On-A-My-House'' is the silly 1951 song Clooney balked at recording until Columbia honcho Mitch Miller threatened to fire her. So she recorded it, it was a huge hit and made her a star. She makes it good with her verve and humor punching every silly word.
    --The GREAT: 'Mangos', a wonderful, beautiful tune where each word and note is given pizzazz, sensuality and humor. In "Tenderly" and "Hey There" she displayed her respect for lyrics and notes. In "Mambo Italiano' Clooney's zest, turns a zippy song into a throatily erotic and good humored classic worth several listenings. When she ends it with a
    "That's-a-nice!" and the all-male chorus gives a final "UHHH!" we agree. In "Sophisticated Lady' With the Duke Ellington orchestra she shows the potential realized in later years. Special treat: a super show-biz sounding version of Cole Porter's
    "From This Moment On," previously unreleased in the US -- with a great smash ending.
    --The UGLY: No question. " Botch-A-Me'. Clooney is very enthusiastic doing this entry in her best-selling Italian novelty song series forced on her by Columbia's Miller. But the song's truly excruciating lyrics (and tune) make you suspect she's really thinking: "I can't believe I'm singing this
    ..."

    This CD deserves five stars due to its great variety (literally something for everyone), orchestrations, production quality...and ALMOST deserves a star (or two!) taken off for the pain inflicted on listeners by Botch-A-Me...but let's not blame that on Rosey! If you're just discovering Clooney due to news stories about her recent death (and her relation to a certain popular actor) this CD will delight you enough so that you'll want to order her more recent, critically acclaimed CDs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Never Less Than Five Stars For Rosie
    I have yet to come across a Rosemary Clooney LP, single or CD that fails to please. Hers is one of the most distinctive, pleasant voices of the 20th Century.

    From 1951 to 1960 she chalked up 28 hit singles as a solo artist or in conjunction with other artists like Guy Mitchell [her first hit in 1951 - You're Just In Love], Marlene Dietrich [Too Old To Cut The Mustard in 1952]; and Gene Autry [The Night Before Chrismas Song in 1952]. Before that she sang with Tony Pastor & His Orchestra. along with her sister Betty, and appeared on several of his big hits.

    Although this CD contains several of her hits, including the wonderful You'll Never Know done in 1953 with the late, great Harry James, I bought it for one item: Memories Of You. Billed to The Benny Goodman Trio with Rosemary Clooney, and from the hit movie The Benny Goodman Story, this made it to # 20 early in 1956 and is one of the hardest to find of all her hits. In fact, try and find it anywhere else!

    Normally I wouldn't assign 5 stars to any CD without liner notes, nor one that states "16 Biggest Hits" and then includes several songs that failed to chart [In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening, The House Of Singing Bamboo, Sophisticated Lady, and From This Moment On]. But hey, this is Rosie. Besides, the afore-mentioned songs SHOULD have charted, and as far as liner notes go, the track listings inside are comprehensive enough to compensate.

    Get it while you can.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The one and only voice
    Her voice, smooth as satin or tender as velvet, wow, this lady knows how to sing and I love to listen to her. ... Read more


    19. Capitol Sings Cole Porter: Anything Goes
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant But Seldom Memorable
    The 1950s and 1960s found Capitol Records with a bright roster of recording artists who specialized in pop classics--and in the course of their Capitol careers many of them took a crack at a Cole Porter song or two, with this compilation the result. And although pleasant enough, taken as a whole it is surprisingly innocuous.

    Some of the selections are a bit strange. Judy Garland was a truly memorable performer who could work wonders with a Porter song--but "I Happen to Like New York," one of Porter's truly minor works, is not particularly suited to her gifts. Helen O'Connell was a gifted vocalist, but in similar fashion her style is somewhat at odds with the delicate and formal "In The Still of the Night"--a song specifically written with a male vocalist in mind.

    Even so, all of the artists, including those whose luster has faded with the passing years, give at least respectable showings--and here and there a diamond pops out at you, as in Peggy Lee's "From Now On," Louis Prima's "I've Got You Under My Skin," and Nancy Wilson's "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To." But by and large, this is really Cole Porter reduced to background music for a 1960-ish suburban cocktail party: pleasant, but not remarkable enough to stop conversation.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Clarification
    I must clarify a point in Mr. Lawrance M. Bernabo's review. When one speaks of Cole Porter's lyrics, one must remember he didn't write all of them. For songs from "Anything Goes" he partnered with the man few people remember as having penned the words to the most concurrent Broadway hits ever back in the beginning of the last century: Jeeves' author P.G. Wodehouse. If you listen to some of those lyrics and then cast your mind to the wacky world of Bertie Wooster, The Drones, et. al., it begins to become evident. And what a wonderful pairing Porter and Wodehouse were!

    As for the CD itself, it seems to be wonderful. The only limitation is the "Capitol" label. So many fine versions, which might make an even better collection if mixed in, don't happen to live in their domain.

    2-0 out of 5 stars contrarian view
    As a long-time fan of Cole Porter, I found this recording a mishmash of vocalists promoting their own singing style and mangling the purity of the composer's work. What was done to "Begin the Beguine" is beyond description.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Series -- Perfect Gift
    There are a couple of these series of composer's "songbooks" culled from the archives of various record labels. The Verve series and the "Capitol Sings" are the best of the bunch. The Capitol collections tend to be a bit more pop, while the Verve disc are "jazzier," but with artists like Stan Kenton, Gerry Mulligan, Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson, Capitol was no slouch in the jazz department, either.

    This collection is especially fine, start to finish. It's a nicely diverse selction of Porter tunes performed in a variety of styles, from Broadway to near be-bop. It's impossible, even if you're a fan of the more improvisational stuff, not to love Judy's Garland's weirdly majestic "I Happen to Like New York" or the tender Jo Stafford/Gordon McCrae "Wunderbar." And hooray for Louis and Keely, and Peggy Lee with George Shearing, for giving us fresh treatments of canonical tunes that make them evergreen.

    This is a great gift for people who don't know how great the American pop standard can be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yeah, Cole Porter's tunes, but man those lyrics!
    It is interesting to note that until you get to the last three tracks on "Anything Goes," the Capitol Sings collection of Cole Porter tunes, the songs are arranged in alphabetical order from "All of You" by Annie Ross to "You're the Top" by June Turner. Go figure. The main thing is that these songs harken back to the old days when hearing the words was important to enjoying the song. Certainly Cole Porter's lyrics are even more fun than his melodies. "Anything Goes" features the standard mix of big names such as Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole with lesser known talents such as Martha Tilton, June Christie, Jeri Southern, Trudy Richards and Jean Turner. Actually, this album probably has more great songs by the latter group than any other in the Capitol Sings series. The lasting appeal of Porter's songs is represented by having songs covered by both Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minelli. It is really hard to just pick a few favorites from this one: Gordon MacRae's "Begin the Beguine," Tony Bennett's "Anything Goes" with Count Basie, Louis Prima and Keely Smith ripping through "I've Got You Under My Skin," and Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae's tender duet of "Wundebar" easily spring to mind. This album also features a couple of previously unreleased tracks: Martha Tilton singing "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and Chris Connor's cover of "I Get A Kick Out Of You." As always you get a wide mix of musical stylings, from the most up-tempo version of "In the Still of the Night" you will ever hear done by Helen O'Connell to a somewhat slow but still swinging version of "True Love" by Dino. With "Anything Goes" you will hear some quite different versions of your favorite Porter tunes gathered from the Capitol vaults, and virtually every song has those remarkably witty lyrics. ... Read more


    20. Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Creme De La Creme
    There are not enough adjectives for the tremendous impact of this recording - all it takes is one play - one memory - cascades! These ladies are to "Die For".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah - their best was yet to come.
    This collection was first issued in the mid '50s as "Ella, Lena and Billie" - Sarah was added later - and if you don't know these great vocalists by their first names, you must be from the Moon. The sessions by Billie and Ella are from the '30s, and Lena's sessions are from 1941. Most of these numbers were recorded with a Teddy Wilson-led band which included several of Basie's sidemen. The Sarah Vaughn numbers were recorded in 1950 with a lineup that included Miles Davis on trumpet. It's wonderful to hear these singers in the early stages of their careers. The sound quality is better than one might expect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great sample of early jazz queens !!
    This album introduced me to jazz a couple of years ago. Now, I'm a big fan. I know the work of Amstrong, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Nina Simone and others. Still, this is the best I have.The lyrics, instrumental richness and even the imperfect recording quality makes it really charming and beautiful. Horne's emotion in "Prisioner of Love" and all Sarah's performances give it an extra star. ... Read more


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