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    1. For Our Children: 10th Anniversary Edition
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    Asin: B00001WRKW
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    Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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    For Our Children launched in 1990 and in many ways inspired the bounty of celebrity-philanthropy records for kids in its wake. From Bob Dylan and Sting to Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Elton John, the roster on this cornucopia of great kid songs--and even greater interpretations--has donated all proceeds to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Although tilted toward baby-boomer parents, the tracks have a timeless, ageless appeal. You'll be hard-pressed to find another five-star children's recording this satisfying, including the follow-up effort, For Our Children, Too. Little Richard rocks "Itsy Bitsy Spider," McCartney turns his sweet, melodic gifts toward "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and Bruce Springsteen makes a lively stew of "Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips." Other noteworthy moments include Jackson Browne and Jennifer Warnes doing the Beatles' "Golden Slumbers" and Carole King reprising the Disney Dumbo love theme, "Child of Mine." But surely the crowning touch is Dylan's unforgettable version of "This Old Man," phrased and delivered as only Dylan can with his mercurial invention and powerful character. This belongs in your children's collection. --Martin Keller ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect children's cd
    I always tuck this cd in the bag as part of a baby shower gift. I loved rocking my babies to these tracks in the middle of the night and can't believe it's been ten years that I've owned it but still love to listen and smile thinking about their nursery years. There are a number of different charity pop compilations that were released after but none can compare to this original. All of them have just enough stylized arrangements to make them as endearing to adults who know these artists as to kids.

    If you need another reason to convince you to buy it - the profits go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

    My favorite tracks are:
    "Gartan Mother's Lullaby" - Meryl Streep; "Child of Mine" - Carole King; "Child Is Born" - Barbra Streisand; and "Tell Me Why" - Pat Benatar - soft sweet soothing songs. Got my kids to sleep every time.
    "Getting to Know You" - James Taylor - perfect song for his style. I remember this song being sung to me!

    "Itsy Bitsy Spider" - Little Richard; "Blueberry Pie" - Bette Midler; and "Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips" - Bruce Springsteen - hilariously adorable.
    "Golden Slumbers" - Jackson Browne - just a great song well done.
    "This Old Man" - Bob Dylan - is so cute, so Bob Dylan - you'll have to hum along.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Gartan Mother's Lullaby
    I am both surprised and disappointed that nobody has mentioned the Gartan Mother's Lullaby. What is the Gartan Mother's Lullaby? Why, it's an absolutely lovely Donegal traditional lullaby. However, the most beautiful version I ever heard of it was sung-- surprise surprise, by Merryl Streep. Who knew she could sing? It's an absolutely beautiful rendition, perhaps the most beautiful you'll ever heard of this song. Magical.

    The liner notes don't explain much about the song, so here it goes:

    Sleep O babe, for the red bee hums the silent twilight's fall,
    Aoibheall from the grey rock comes, to wrap the world in thrall.
    A leanbhan O, my child, my joy, my love my heart's desire,
    The crickets sing you lullaby, beside the dying fire.

    Dusk is drawn and the Green Man's thorn is wreathed in rings of fog,
    Siabhra sails his boat till morn, upon the Starry Bog.
    A leanbhan O, the paly moon hath brimmed her cusp in dew,
    And weeps to hear the sad sleep-tune, I sing O love to you.

    Aoibheall - (EE-val) Meaning: the name of the queen of the northern fairies
    leanbhan - (LYAN-uh-van) Meaning: little child, baby
    Tearmann - (CHAR-uh-muhn) Meaning: tearmann = sanctuary, refuge, or church land, name of village near Lough Gartan
    Siabra - (SHEE-vra) a prankster class of trooping fairies, also spelled Shefro or Siofra.

    This song alone is worth the entire Album. But "Autumn To May" is also a beautiful rendition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is just the BEST!
    Like so many other reviewers, I had this CD 20 years ago. I was a nanny at the time, and shared this music with so many different children and without exception, they all LOVED it! As fate would have it, the CD was lost, and I was devastated. When I saw that it was available again, I was beyond thirlled and ordered it immediately! This CD is an excellent way to fight childhood obesity - my own children (ages 5 and 6-1/2) just cannot sit still when they hear this music - they dance and sing throughout!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome comeback with this album!
    I bought this for my daughter in 1991 when she was a baby... She is now 13 yrs old. She new all the songs by heart by the time she was 1 1/2. My mom's favorite is Itsy Bitsy Spider. Unfortunately it was lost in a move and like many folks, who looked for it for years,I found it no longer in print. I had my 2nd child 5 yrs ago and by the time I tried to find a used one out in cyberspace I found, to my surprise, it was in print again(YAY!). Now my son enjoys this and still, so does my daughter. I am so glad they brought this back onto the market!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars In Harmony is better
    I got this CD for my grandson. I was disappointed when I heard it. It was nice but surprisingly bland. In Harmony, while older, is a much better children's "album." ... Read more


    2. Songs That Got Us Through WW2
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    4-0 out of 5 stars IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GIFT FOR YOUR GRANDPARENTS
    Here it is! I was just a little kid when the 2nd WW was going on, but our radio played at least 12 hours a day, and these songs are the ones I remember hearing all the time. The title is absolutely "right on". They are the songs that got us through.In my family we had 3 men in the service, including my father. So songs like the classic, I'll Be Seeing You by Sinatra & Dorsey, and Till Then, by The Mills Brothers were especially poignant for my mother & married sisters whose husbands were overseas. People in my age group and older who enjoy nostalgia, as I do will find themselves taken back to those "scary & yet exciting" days of what was hoped to be the final war. I'll be giving those memories to several people on my Christmas list this year.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Music enjoyed by the boys overseas and the women back home
    It hits you how long ago World War II was when you hear how young Frank Sinatra sounds singing "I'll Be Seeing You" with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra. "Songs That Got Us Through WW2" actually begins with a song that came out at the start of 1941, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrews Sisters. The mix here is between songs that were obviously written for the war, such as "When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)", "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Cover" and "Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer," and those that came to capture the emotions of the time, like "Sentimental Journey," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," and the aforementioned "I'll Be Seeing You." Most of us will recognize vocalists like Peggy Lee and Doris Day, but for me the pair that stand out in this collection are Johnny Mercer, who sings a couple of his own complications including "G.I. Jive" and Jo Stafford, a singer's singer that I have enjoyed discovering in various music collections from the Forties and Fifties. This album provides exactly what it promises, some of the most prominent songs the greatest generation listened to during the war years. There is a second volume of songs from this period, but this is the much stronger collection of the two, although that there is really no reason not to have both.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rhino does it again with memorable collection!
    The mercurial Rhino Records label has done it again with this fabulous compilation of World War II-era songs. All of them are hits, and all of them are legendary. The themes accentuate the mood of the times like they were meant to be together, though quite disparate in places. The Johnny Mercer comic ode to servicemen, "G.I. Jive", ranks up there with "Der Fuehrer's Face" by Spike Jones on the chuckle meter. To make you cry, count on "Long Ago (And Far Away)" (Jo Stafford), "I'll Walk Alone" (Martha Tilton) and the irreplaceable Frank Sinatra oozing out "I'll Be Seeing You", with (who else) the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The Song Spinners' amazing a cappella "Comin' In On a Wing and a Prayer" is a great tribute to the U.S. Air Force, and the surety of their vocals makes you forget there's no musical accompaniment. Of course, you may want to swing out too. Do so with Mercer's "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Postive" and (hands down!) The Big One's best hit, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrews Sisters. And there are no better slow-dancing tunes like "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" (Helen Forrest) and "Till Then" (the awesome Mills Brothers). This is a collection that features just the top names in the business during the early '40's. You won't be disappointed in the sound either: Each song has been remastered the best it could be. The accompanying booklet has a paragraph of biographical info about the artists, and there's also listings of chart placements for each track. Rhino keeps giving the goods, and this 1990 entrie is one of their many triumphs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well, GOOD NIGHT, NURSE!
    My grandma's favourite expression of exasperation for my grandma's favourite music! No, I was not at all exasperated by this music and in fact found the entire collection to be enlightening in ways that are almost inexplicable. But I will try. First of all, the collection evokes nostalgia and sentimentality on the part of those alive during this generation (which I was not). I, however, went on a mad search for Johnny Mercer's "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" several years ago when it was used on the much-missed, brilliant t.v. series Homefront. I found the song-- and many other gems-- on this collection. Definitely worth having the whole thing. (And Volume 2, for that matter). I had never heard many of these songs, and had heard of some only through other pop culture references or through my grandma who frequently walks around her house singing these tunes. Not a single wasted or dull moment on this collection. Highlight include, of course, the well-known "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "I'll Be Seeing You", the sassy, fun "G.I. Jive", Louis Armstrong's gorgeous "I Wonder", and Jo Stafford's stunning "Long Ago and Far Away" (which inspired me to go find more Stafford stuff. I ended up with a boxset which was fantastic except for some of her last works, remaking songs like "I Am Woman (Hear Me Roar" and "Stayin'Alive"-- believe it or not. Her voice was simply not suited for that sort of garbage)). Another fascinating benefit of owning this album: it is not only a marker of time, documenting a time in history with the music of the period... but it is also an exposure to the social conventions and expectations of time. For example, in "Waitin'for the Train to Come In" Peggy Lee sings about waiting for her man to come home, waiting for her life to begin, implying that her life was nothing, that she in fact did nothing, until her man got home. In this way, the lyrics are dated. This, however, is a bonus not a liability. This is like a time capsule... and overall simply entertaining.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic collection of 1940s gems
    This is a lovely, nostalgic assortment of songs from the big-band era. I bought this CD for my parents (my dad is a World War II veteran), and all of us enjoy it -- for my folks, these familiar songs are a poignant reminder of their youth. While the Andrews Sisters and Johnny Mercer tunes are especially memorable, EVERYTHING on this CD is noteworthy. The only song I would add to this collection is Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" -- otherwise, it's a perfect musical representation of the World War II era. Highly recommended! ... Read more


    3. Fired Up!, Vol. 2
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    Asin: B00078FAMS
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    Sales Rank: 516
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't beat the first "Fired Up!," but still real neat
    I remember the first "Fired Up!" album from 2003 being a sweet compilation.It made Six Flags feel like an office cubical.I thought a sequal album would be just as good.Looking at the commercial for volume two, I was defenitely going to buy it once I could, but I didn't think it would reach the quality volume one had.I was right that even though it wasn't going to be as good as the first "Fired Up!," but still enjoyable. This CD features dance hits like IIO's "Rapture (Tastes So Sweet)," a classic from 2001.I remember listening to this on the radio back in 2001-02.The more I listened to it, the more I wanted this song, and I listened to it enough that I bought the CD single.There's also Tiesto's remix of "Silence" by Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlin.It's a great song, and a great remix too.I wish it was the whole version though.There was some parts of the song cut out.This album also includes "I'll Fly With You (L'Amour Toujours)" by Gigi D'Agostino.The version on this album is the one with those special beats and the guy saying.... well I dunno exactly what he's saying.He's saying something like "a-da-wa-da-eh wa-da-ah-ah-steh wa-da-in-in-steh wa-da-a-da-da-eh."The other version made it feel more like a romantic musical play.Another song on here is "Breathe" by Telepopmusik.The vocalist in this song sounds sort of like she's singing over the phone.I wonder if that's why they're called "Telepopmusik."This CD also has Darude's classic, "Sandstorm."It's defenitely a rampant, wild track!I could run non-stop whenever I hear this tune.There's also DJ Sammy's "Heaven," The Hani Radio Edit of Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent," "Stranger In My House" by Tamia, "Desire" by Ultra Nate (Oh, Ultra.You never fail to impress me.), Amber's "Sexual (Li Da Di)," "Weapon Of Choice" by Fatboy Slim (Finally, something faster), and more. It's a great album, but not at the same level as the first one.I'm guessing they were running out of good song ideas to put in their albums.Hopefully, there isn't a pattern where these albums get worse and worse each release.As long as they continue to include quality anthems on their CDs, I'll be satisfied.Fair enough quality for this CD overall.

    1-0 out of 5 stars ya this music was good five years ago...
    Ok, so this music was hot five years ago. How can they actually call this new? These songs are for people who really are out of the music scene...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Use caution while driving!
    I thought Fired Up was great, Fired Up 2 is even better! Every song on this CD is great. Especially Sandstorm - I was driving around listening to it today and ended up getting pulled over for speeding...try and explain yourself out of that one! I highly recommend getting this, you won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Much better selection of songs
    The first volume of Fired Up! was great, don't get me wrong. But in my opinion, this one has a much better selection. I had been wondering where songs like "Heaven" and the Thunderpuss Remix of Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" were, though here they are! Definitely a CD that can keep you moving. Great if you go to the Gym. Some standouts include the ever-famous DJ Sammy cover of Heaven, "Absolutely Not" by Deborah Cox, The DJ Tiesto remix of "Silence", and the amazing remix of Tamia's "Stranger In My House". The only ones I don't really enjoy are Weapon of choice, and the remixes of Miss Independent and He Wasn't Man Enough. Weapon of Choice is just...too long for the same thing over and over. And Miss Independent and He Wasn't Man enough were fine as they were. These mixes make them seem much slower.

    But otherwise, a great CD. Definitely recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just as strong as the first Fired Up!
    I liked Fired Up 2.I've been listening to it the past several days.Most of the songs I've heard on some other dance albums, but one of the standouts is the Hani remix of Kelly Clarkson's Miss Independent.It just puts her in a different light. It makes the album version sound like a Puff Daddy remix. The smooth keyboards and rapid paced sound actually works for Kelly. Don't know if she actually sang on that song or if Hani took the vocals from the album song and put it in that remix. All the songs from Amber, to Daniel Bedingfield, to Toni Braxton to Deborah Cox to Dirty Vegas' funky Days Go By are on here. The only song I hate on here is Fatboy Slim's Weapons of Choice. This song suffers from having too many samples and snippets going on in a 5-minute plus song.Plus it looks out of place of the more pumping dance tracks on the album. The rest of the album remains consistent for much of the 72 minutes. ... Read more


    4. For Our Children Too!: To Benefit Pediatric AIDS Foundation
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    Asin: B0000033UA
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    Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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    The 1996 follow-up CD to For Our Children packs less romp and more hush. Although the stellar lineup includes Celine Dion, Seal, Faith Hill, Natalie Cole, Cher, Luther Vandross, and others, For Our Children, Too is really a lullaby album and its predecessor is a party record. There are more ballads, more R&B singers, and more arrangements mired in overproduction. That said, if you want a gentler collection of songs, this might be your first choice. Seal turns in a poignant rendition of "Puff the Magic Dragon," while Natalie Cole's "Both Sides Now" shows how universal that old Joni Mitchell classic really is. James Taylor and Carly Simon's memorable hit "Mockingbird" is also featured, along with Cher doing a predictable interpretation of "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella. Celine gives "Brahm's Lullaby" her trademark Dion treatment and Luther Vandross turns the protest anthem "If I Had a Hammer" into a moving meditation on peace and equality. Did someone say this music might be too sophisticated for kids? Still, it's for a great cause. --Martin Keller ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars kids music adults can listen to
    This CD, along with the original For Our Children, contains artists you know, singing songs you remember from your childhood. We had to replace our first version of this CD, because the kids played it so often that they scratched it beyond any use at all. My 5 year old son knows all the words to If I had a Hammer, and You are my Sunshine, and his favorite of all time is Puff the Magic Dragon- this version is the best I've ever heard. My personal favorite is the Elton John song about a boy who first meets his newborn brother. Stop now and go get this CD- you won't be sorry!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Puts them right to sleep
    This CD was given to me by another mom when my son was born as a "must have". We have listened to it every night for a soothing entrance to sleepy land for 6 months. Most of the songs are serene and lullabies in nature. They are a nice twist from the original format of the songs. The artists do beautiful and fun jobs with the remakes. It is a nice break from Barney and the music never gets tiring even month after month. Now I buy it for all my friends who are new moms.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
    We received this CD as a gift when our first child was born. I have bought it for all our friends who have babies since then. It contains the most beautiful renditions of many songs from our own childhood. Everyone who has received it, loves it!!! In addition, the few songs we were unfamiliar with turned out to be some of our favorites!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Music with a conscience for children.
    I bought this CD for my daughter when she was an infant. Now she's 5 and loves to sing along with all her favorites like 'If I had a Hammer' and 'Puff-The Magic Dragon'. Her most favorite is "Love Lights The World". In light of the way things are going around the world today, this song expresses sentiments that should be encouraged in all our children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I like this. Thanks Rino
    I like this because it's absolutely cool. I like all the tracks including Come Take A Trip In My Airship. I like how the singers performed these songs I also like Faith Hill's version of Over The Rainbow. I highly recommend this to future fans of music. ... Read more


    5. Now That's What I Call Music! 2
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Now 3 is better. Still, very good choices.
    1. Britney Spears-Baby One More Time 8/10

    2. New Radicals-You Get What You Give 9/10

    3. Robbie Williams-Millennium 9/10

    4. Semisonic-Closing Time 10/10

    5. U2-The Sweetest Thing 8/10

    6. Sheryl Crow-My Favorite Mistake 10/10

    7. Fatboy Slim-Praise You 8/10

    8. Garbage-I Think I'm Paranoid 10/10

    9. Cake-Never There 10/10

    10. 98*-Because Of You 7/10

    11. Spice Girls-Goodbye 8/10

    12. Blackstreet feat. Mya-Take Me There 9/10

    13. R. Kelly-When A Woman's Fed Up 9/10

    14. Everclear-Father Of Mine 10/10

    15. Sublime-What I Got 10/10

    16. Backstreet Boys-I'll Never Break Your Heart 9/10

    17. Jay-Z-Hard Knock Life 10/10

    18. Baz Luhrmann-Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) 9/10

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not What I Excepted When I Listened To It
    1....Baby One More Time Britney Spears-ok song 3 stars
    2.You Get What You Give New Radicals-I like the lyrics. 4 stars
    3.Millennium Robbie Williams-WHAT? 1 star
    4.Closing Time Semisonic-EXCELLENT 5 stars
    5.Sweetest Thing U2-The tune is poor but the lyrics is excellent 2 stars
    6.My Favorite Mistake Sheryl Crow-ok song 3 stars
    7.Praise You(radio edit) Fatboy Slim-Um....Blah 4 stars
    8.I Think I'm Paranoid Garbage-Heard On Gran Turismo 2 It's a good song 4 stars
    9.Never There Cake-I Hope He's Never Here Again 1 star
    10.Because Of You 98 Degrees-ok song 3 stars
    11.Goodbye (single version) Spice Girls-The Spice Girls Don't Even Deserve 0 stars. below 0 stars
    12.Take Me There Blackstreet feautring Mya,Ma$e,and Blinky Blink-ok song 3 stars
    13.When A Woman Is Fed Up(clean version) R.Kelly-C'mon C'mon R.Kelly! 1 star
    14.Father Of Mine Everclear-It's so clear they get 5 stars.
    15.What I Got(clean version) Sublime-Excellent! 5 stars.
    16.I'll Never Break Your Heart Backstreet Boys-(see number 15)
    17.Hard Knock Life(edited)Jay-Z-I love this song! 5 stars
    18.Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen(edited) Baz Luhrmann-WHAT? 1 star

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best of Now!!
    This is the best of the "Now" series because for some reason these completely unrelated tracks flow really well together, kind of like the ultimate mix tape. Someday this should be in a time capsule to conjure the mood of pre 9/11 America.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It was an ok cd
    1. Britney Spears, Baby One More Time: I like this song. I don't care what people think of her this is one of her best hits. A+

    2. New Radicals, You Get What You Give: It was an alright song I have no complaints. B

    3. Robbie Williams, Millenium: I really didn't care for the song but I can see where some like it alot. C

    4. Semisonic, Closing Time: I loved this song in high school and I still love it today. A

    5. U2, The Sweetest Thing: It was a good song by U2 I bought the cd this was released on. B

    6. Sheryl Crow, My Favorite Mistake: I was not impressed with this song. I always skip it. D

    7. Fatboy Slim, Praise You: I am not a fan of Fatboy Slim and like the previous song this one gets skipped too. F

    8. Garbage, I Think I'm Paranoid: It was alright but they overplayed it. C-

    9. Cake, Never There: This song was great and I still like it. B

    10. 98, Because Of You: It was ok my girlfriend at the time always listened to it but it got on my nerves. D+

    11. Spice Girls, Goodbye: I like this song cause it reminds me of when I left for basic training. A

    12. Mya & Blackstreet, Take Me There: They needed to leave the Rugrats music off of here. I thought this was a Rugrats promotional disaster. F

    13. R. Kelly, When A Woman's Fed Up: It is a good song and I liked the meaning of it. B

    14. Everclear, Father Of Mine: This is a good song and I still listen to it all the time. One of the best on the cd. A

    15. Sublime, What I Got: The one Sublime song I actually like and I would give it an A but since it is edited... B

    16. Backstreet Boys, I'll Never Break Your Heart: The song always reminds me of my senior prom. It does bring back bring good memories. A

    17. Jay-Z, Hard Knock Life: Yeah it is a ripoff of Annie combined with rap but it is a good song none-the-less. B

    18. Baz Luhrman, Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen: I am from the class of 1999 and this song repulses me. Baz needs to stick to directing not singing and this was a bad choice to end the cd. F

    4-0 out of 5 stars I review: NOW 2
    NOW 2:

    1. Britney Spears, Baby One More Time: Brit can't sing. At all. She will NEVER be able to sing. And this song does not please me. At all. Torture. F

    2. New Radicals, You Get What You Give: Nice song for the softer top-40 stations. B+

    3. Robbie Williams, Millenium: Absolutely great dance-pop that sounds vaguely like the direct decendant to Coldplay's "Clocks". And of course, there's the trademark Robbie campy vocals. A+

    4. Semisonic, Closing Time: Great soft alt-rock that still is fresh today from one of my favorite one-hit wonders. A

    5. U2, The Sweetest Thing: Campy. I like the vocals, but the flamboyant melody just screams camp. B-

    6. Sheryl Crow, My Favorite Mistake: Typical Sheryl Crow. If you like her, you'll like this. If not, don't bother. B

    7. Fatboy Slim, Praise You: Fun techno party song that serves its purpose. B+

    8. Garbage, I Think I'm Paranoid: Good, if not forgettable pop that nets points for originality. B

    9. Cake, Never There: While a blatant rehash of Cake's usual sound, I like the group, so the song comes off as good, if not vaguely derivative. B+

    10. 98, Because Of You: Cheap Backstreet Boys knockoff. Never to be heard of again. D-

    11. Spice Girls, Goodbye: So pathetic, it's almost amusing. Until you remember how painful it is to listen to it in the first place. F-

    12. Mya & Blackstreet, Take Me There: An Urban take on Rugrats. Right. Moving on... F-

    13. R. Kelly, When A Woman's Fed Up: About as interesting as picking your fingers. D-

    14. Everclear, Father Of Mine: I think I prefer "Learning How To Smile", but this little gem from the "Afterglow" days is still... Everclear. No other top-40 group describes broken homes better. A-

    15. Sublime, What I Got: Using the term loosely, this is a masterpiece. I could whine about how the edited version disturbs the flow slightly, but it's one of my latest obsessions. The perfect, hooky blend of rock, rap and reggae forces you to play this one over and over and over and over... A+

    16. Backstreet Boys, I'll Never Break Your Heart: Forgettable BSB ballad from back when there was a new one every week. D-

    17. Jay-Z, Hard Knock Life: While I lack feelings for the rap, it makes the quirky and addictive sampling even more rewarding. Come for the delivery, stay for the chorus. A-

    18. Baz Luhrman, Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen: While technically not even music, this unorthodox spoken-word poem is brilliant and full of wisdom. The "lyrics" are genius. A

    -The Good: Baz Luhrman, Sublime, Jay-Z, Robbie Williams, Semisonic, New Radicals
    -The Bad: Britney Spears, Mya & Blackstreet, Spice Girls, R. Kelly, 98
    -Overall: Avoid the manufactured pop and you've got a solid compilation. Plus, anything with What I Got and Everybody's Free can't fall short of praise. ... Read more


    6. Now That's What I Call Music!
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Now That's What I Call Music
    Together Again(8) Fun Janet dance track
    As Long As You Love Me(6) Okay try at an emotional number from a band with a bad rap
    The Way(8) Good track! Now we're getting into my kinda music
    Flagpole Sitta(8) Another good track
    Say You'll Be There(7) Fun dance track from a band with a bad rap
    All My Life(9) Very beautiful love song. One of the cd's best
    Never Ever(2) Pretty bad track
    If You Could Only See(10) A perfect track!
    MMMBop(2) Boy this track sucks
    Zoot Suit Riot(9) Fun catchy track

    Shorty(4) Never heard of this track before this cd
    Anytime(8) Another good heartfelt love song
    Barbie Girl(9) Ya just gotta love this one
    Karma Police(10) Radiohead on a hits compilation? Now that's what I call music!
    I Will Buy You A New Life(8) A good track from a good band
    Fly Away(8) Another good track from an equally good artist
    Sex and Candy(8) Cool catchy rock tune

    2-0 out of 5 stars few decent songs, but nothing else to offer
    Better than some of the other NOW compilations, but still lacking a lot. There's more rock songs & not as annoying pop songs, which is the only good thing about it. But HOW can you stick that MOST annoying Aqua song infront of an awesome Radiohead song?!?!?! Who picks these songs???? ANYONE could pick a set of songs & put them on cd, what makes these compilations special?? They should've stuck in some Sublime, Jamiroquai, Love Spit Love, & other good bands from this time frame...but that would be another series titled "Now that's what I call REAL music".
    Here are my comments on a few songs I'm familiar with:

    3. The Way - Fastball -- not a bad band, but I NEVER liked this song
    4. Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger -- catchy, kewl riffs, overplayed
    5. Say You'll Be There - Spice Girls -- their least annoying song that had a cool video
    8. If You Could Only See - Tonic -- if you could only remember how much this song was overplayed!!
    9. MMMBop - Hanson --mmmmm, this song should've never been invented?? at least the boys in this band played instruments, but still annoying
    10. Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin' Daddy -- good fun song
    14. Karma Police - Radiohead -- my fave Radiohead song from OK Computer
    15. I Will Buy You a New Life - Everclear, 16. Fly Away - Kravitz, Lenny, & 17. Sex & Candy - Marcy Playground -- I liked all 3 of these maybe the 1st couple times I heard them, but they didn't offer much to musically stimulate me.

    Overall, I like enuff of these songs that it should get a 3, but with the other crap thrown in, it must get a 2. Pick better pop songs at least!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Now That's What I Call Music
    1. Janet, Together Again: It was an ok song but not the best song on her Velvet Rope CD. C

    2. Backstreet Boys, As Long As You Love Me: This was a popular song when I was in high school. I always liked it. A

    3. Fastball, The Way: Fastball I have no clue who they are let alone who they were 6 years ago. F

    4. Harvey Danger, Flagpole Sitta: This was a song I hated back in the day but I have grown to like it somewhat. C

    5. Spice Girls, Say You'll Be There: I don't care what people say I liked the Spice Girls. A

    6. K-Ci & JoJo, All My Life: It's was a good song at the prom but it got old really quick. B-

    7. All Saints, Never Ever: Never ever again! F

    8. Tonic, If You Could Only See: I loved this song 6 years ago and I still listen to it today. A

    9. Hanson, MMMBop: MMMBop? More like MMMEwww. The only thing going for Hanson was their hair not their singing talent. F-

    10. Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Zoot Suit Riot: I actually learned how to swing from this song. Not only is it catchy but it helped bring back swing. A-

    11. Imajin, Shorty: I have no comment on this one. F

    12. Brian McKnight, Anytime: This was a good song but it just isn't my type of music. C-

    13. Aqua, Barbie Girl: I love this song it is one of my favorite on this cd. A+

    14. Radiohead, Karma Police: I didn't like it when I heard it on the radio but over the years it grew to the point of actually liking it. B-

    15. Everclear, I Will Buy You A New Life: This is a good song on a great CD. A

    16. Lenny Kravitz, Fly Away: I liked this song and I still do. Sometimes I wish I could fly away. A-

    17. Marcy Playground, Sex & Candy: I think this was a fitting song to be on the end of this cd. A

    4-0 out of 5 stars My Review for: Now 1
    OK. Now, i'm reviewing for the very 1st in the Now series. Most of these arent played on the radio anymore, but, thats ok. On with the ratings of songs!

    1. Janet- Together Again (4/5) Pretty nice song from Janet from her Velvet Rope album.
    2. Backstreet Boys- As Long As You Love Me (3/5) I still like this from the BSB, but, I got way tired of it before. So, thats why I only gave a 3.
    3. Fastball- The Way (5/5) Awsome! Fastball r awsome. Their best song. Even better than Out Of My Head that was on Now 3. I luv both songs soo much.
    4. Harvey Danger- Flagpole Sitta (4/5) I never even listened to this before, but, its a cool song. Its pretty weird.
    5. Spice Girls- Say You'll Be There (2/5) Ugh! Spice Girls are ok, but, theyre old! I'm glad that theyre not big anymore, cuz, they would be causin too much trouble. OK song. Pretty pointless.
    6. K-CI & Jo-Jo (5/5) Love dis 1 too! K-Ci and Jo-Jo always have good, soulful songs.
    7. All Saints- Never Ever (1/5) YUCK! All Saints is a TERRIBLE girl group, probably the worst there is. The girl thinks shes rapping, but, shes talkin idiotic!!! I'm soo glad they were 1-hit wonderz.
    8. Tonic- If You Could Only See (5/5) Always loved this one! I will never hate it!! Tonic were almost 1-hit wonders, but, they had a few otha hits.
    9. Hanson- MmmBOP (4/5) Hanson are cool. I havent lost much respect for them. Theyre a very underrated band.
    10. Cherry Poppin Daddys- Zoot Suit Riot (4/5) Wacky song, but, I would never hurt comedy's feelings.
    11. Imajin- Shorty (You Keep Playin With My Mind) (3/5) Again, 1-hit wonders. I think Imajin are rivals of B2K, but, even if one member left B2K (Omarion), they can still kick Imajin's butts anyday.
    12. Brian McKnight- Anytime (5/5) Love dis too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian is VERY soulful on this, GREAT BALLAD! His best next to Back At One.
    13. Aqua- Barbie Girl No Rating I dont know what to say about this. I dont like or hate it.
    14. Radiohead- Karma Police (4/5) I never listened to this one, either, but, I do like Radiohead. Great song.
    15. Everclear- I Will Buy You A New Life (4/5) Pretty good song by Everclear, but, definatly not one one of their best.
    16. Lenny Kravitz- Fly Away (5/5) YEAH!! Now were talkin!!! Lenny @ his best
    17. Marcy Playground- Sex & Candy (5/5) NOW WE STILL TALKIN! Easily my fav song on da album! Funny jam. These guys were nearly 1-hit wonders, also.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I review: NOW
    NOW:

    1. Janet, Together Again: Forgettable. Maybe if I knew who she WAS... C-

    2. Backstreet Boys, As Long As You Love Me: And so the evil reign begins. Far better than N*Sync, that still says nothing. C-

    3. Fastball, The Way: Fastball were a great band that did not deserve one-hit wonderdom. Still, I'm glad THIS was their only hit, as 7 years later, it still sounds fresh. Look for these guys, a new album's coming out this year. A

    4. Harvey Danger, Flagpole Sitta: Average power-pop, but it gets an A for effort. Almost. B

    5. Spice Girls, Say You'll Be There: It was okay back then. Now it's irritating. C

    6. K-Ci & JoJo, All My Life: It's okay. I myself don't care for it, but I can see why others would. C+

    7. All Saints, Never Ever: Like a bad Destiny's Child ripoff, except for the fact they predate them. D+

    8. Tonic, If You Could Only See: It should be farther along the CD, but that doesn't change the fact it's a memorable rock ballad that will be sure to be covered by VH1 on the eventual "I Love The 90's" A

    9. Hanson, MMMBop: I'd rather light myself on fire repeatedly. Words can not express how terrible this song is, and neither can a grade.

    10. Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Zoot Suit Riot: One of the most recent dance favorites, I STILL hear this song plenty. It's insanely catchy, functional and a great attempt to bring swing to the masses once again, so it gets worthy praise from me. A strong B+

    11. Imajin, Shorty: Annoying, irritating, and oddly B2K-sounding, despite them being older. And I don't care for B2K. F

    12. Brian McKnight, Anytime: A beautiful, soulful ballad that, in my opinion, was better than "Back At One", which I hear more often. A-

    13. Aqua, Barbie Girl: Talk about change of pace... This is a fun little piece of Eurocheese that's remembered by most, whether fondly or hatefully. It's Aqua, man. Perfect for small children and lovers of Eurocheese. I fall into the latter category, soooo... B+

    14. Radiohead, Karma Police: Another sudden change of pace. Strange sequencing... Anyway, this song is perfection. I love Radiohead half to death, and this ranks among their best. Everyone should own OK Computer. This song's too good for a grade, but I'll give it an A+ anyway.

    15. Everclear, I Will Buy You A New Life: Good follow-up to Karma Police in terms of sequencing. I love Everclear, and while I still prefer their American Family days, this is a good single with a great melody and great lyrics. A strong B+

    16. Lenny Kravitz, Fly Away: Corny and fairly sub-par, the chorus redeems it all. Lenny's really a better ballad man, though. B+

    17. Marcy Playground, Sex & Candy: If any song comes close to Karma Police in terms of quality, this would be it. The lyrics are strange but great, and the music's insanely addicting, despite sounding just a tiny bit derivative. The wonderful, wonderful vocals change that, though. A+

    -The Good: Fastball, Tonic, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Brian McKnight, Aqua, Everclear
    -The Awesome: Radiohead, Marcy Playground
    -The Bad: Janet, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Imajin
    -The Horrendous: Hanson
    -Overall: How some of the best AND worst songs in the last 2 decades can end up here, I don't know. But the good overpowers the bad. Just as long as someone kills Hanson. ... Read more


    7. Billboard Top Hits: 1979
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great mix of hits from 1979
    I was 10 years old in 1979, and I remember listening to a lot of these songs on the radio, especially "Escape"(Pina Colada Song). It was one of my favorite songs back then.
    This greatly eclectic mix of genres will bring back some great memories of a year that spurned some great music.
    Disco was fading, but Blondie got her hooks into it with "Heart of Glass", which starts this disc off right.
    "My Sharona", the one hit wonder of The Knack is on here, along with a few 70's party standards for fast dances, "I will survive", "YMCA", and "Ring my bell".
    The slower songs are sad love songs: "Just when I needed you most" and "Sad Eyes".
    This is fun album to have on and sing along with(karoake here i come...)in the car, or at home in the background at a party.
    I've actually recognized it being played at clubs, between bands.
    I am highly recommending this for 70's music fans! It's one of the greatest if not the best compliation album I've heard for that decade.

    Eileen Famiglietti

    5-0 out of 5 stars DISCO, COUNTRY AND BEAUTIFUL BALLADS
    This excellent compilation contains four massive disco smashes, one stunning piece of power pop, three soulful ballads and one great country story song. The heavy presence of disco is to be expected since this dance style still rules the charts in 1979. I Will Survive and Y.M.C.A. became ageless club anthems, Ring My Bell is famous for its atmospheric syndrum effects and Heart Of Glass crossed the boundaries between new wave and disco in a big way. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) was a novelty hit and it still irritates me, but Just When I Needed You Most, Sad Eyes and Fire are great emotional ballads that have stood the test of time very well. The Devil Went Down To Georgia is still an amusing country song with some superb instrumental breaks. Nine great songs out of ten tracks make this one of the better Billboard compilations, reflecting all of the relevant styles that made 1979 such a great year for music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Those Were The Days!!
    Ah, 1979. It was the last year that disco ruled the pop charts, new wave began its rise, rap had its first Top 40 hit ("Rapper's Delight"), and every newscast began with a countdown of the number of days hostages had been held in Iran. As a 9 year old, I heard these songs everywhere, from "My Sharona" played round the clock on the radio, to "Sad Eyes" and "Just When I Needed You Most" played during slow skate at the local roller rink. I saw most of these songs lip synced to on "Solid Gold" (remember that show?), where Dionne Warwick's hair got shorter every week. I thought Charlie Daniels was one bad dude when he was talking about the Devil coming down south, where I lived at the time! Who knew then that "Y.M.C.A." would become the most played song in the history of the universe? And though I've listened to it for 25 years without tiring of it, I still don't have the foggiest clue what Debbie Harry is singing on "Heart of Glass?!" Needless to say, this CD sums up one year better than just about any other Billboard collection to date. Memories usually don't come this cheap!!! As we said in 1979, "Na Noo, Na Noo."

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Compilation
    I really love Billboard collections. Instead of buying the individual albums that contain my favorite songs, I can buy a Billboard album that already has all of the hits on one disc. Usually, Billboard albums are chock-full of songs that I recognize and enjoy. This particular album, though, is especially rich with first-class music; the year 1979 must have been an extraordinary one for the music industry. "Billboard Top Hits 1979" starts out with "Heart of Glass," an upbeat, yet relaxing tune by Blondie. Next is a song that everyone recognizes but hardly anyone knows the artist -- "My Sharona" by the Knack. Although this song can get a little repetitive, I still enjoy listening to it from time to time. I really like its placement on the album; the rock tempo is a nice complement to "Heart of Glass." The album continues with another highly-recognized song, "Just When I Needed You Most." This romantic ballad is one of the few soft, slow, emotional songs; it adds variety while still contributing nicely to the whole. One of my personal favorites is the next track, "Escape," which most everyone knows as the infamous PiƱa Colada song. This song's memorable lyrics never fail to touch me every time I hear them. Next up comes two more rock tunes which have also become some of the more popular dance music of the last twenty years, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor and "YMCA" by the Village People. These two songs have a universal appeal that has already spanned generations since the time that they were first released; the longevity combined with the immense popularity make them some of the greatest songs ever written. The next track is "Sad Eyes" by Robert John; although it isn't a terrible song, it just doesn't deserve to be a follow-up to a song like "YMCA." Its mellow tune just doesn't seem in sync with its placement on the album. The album makes a recovery, though, with "Fire" by the Pointer Sisters, which was another one of my favorite songs with its mystical, enigmatic, fast-paced melody. "Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward was also one of my favorites; it is a perfect follow-up to a song like "Fire," returning the album back to a more cheerful, light-hearted theme. Finally, the album closes with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which is not only a great song, but also a great story as well. The country flair of this song is different from the predominant rock/pop theme, ending the album on a different note and thereby contributing to the pleasant variety of music that this album exhibits. Overall, I thought that this was an outstanding album and I certainly recommend it to fans of 1970's pop, rock, and disco music. With such a diverse assortment of classic music all on one disc, this album is a treasure for music fans of all ages.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This hits collection is worth it just to have "My Sharona"
    Wow, Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" must have been the best song of 1979 because it appears on both "Billboard Top Hits: 1979" and "1979: Billboard Top Dance Hits." This is one of those Billboard hit collections that really covers the music spectrum for the year in question. Not only do you have Disco with Gaynor and the Village People, you have Punk/New Wave represented by by Blondie and The Knack, whatever "Escape (The Pina Colada Song" happens to be, and Country Western with the Charlie Daniels Band. I think this album will make the cut for most people when it comes to checking out the play list to see if there are five or more songs you would like to add to your music collection. The downside is that there are half as many songs here that you will probably just pass over when you play the album. However, I cannot begin to count the number of times that the driving beat of "My Sharona" has gotten me through a late afternoon. That has to count for something, boys and girls. ... Read more


    8. Big Hits of the 50's
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An eclectic sampler of the fifties
    The fifties were a period when there was probably more variation in what reached the top-hit charts than most decades. And this CD is probably one of the best samplers to illustrate this variation. Sweet instrumentals like "Lisbon Antigua" and "The Poor People of Paris" shared the charts with non-musical comedy like Stan Freberg's "St. George and the Dragonet" and rhythm-and-blues-flavored pop songs like "Oh Baby Mine (I Get So Lonely)" and country-flavored songs like "Sixteen Tons." And yet the biggest share of the hit charts went to crooners like Dean Martin (with songs like "Memories Are Made of This") and Nat King Cole (who did "Too Young"). These and such vocal groups as the Four Preps (a relatively minor group, but whose song "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" is certainly a good sample of a hit by a male quartet in the 50s!) are all represented on this CD, as well as every other one of the items just mentioned. So this is certainly a great example of the variety that was 50s mustc.

    There are certainly some individual pieces in this collection which I don't really like, but that's my own personal taste. Every one of the tracks on here is an authentic '50s hit, which is more than can be said of a lot of other "Hits of the 50s" collections. And the range of types of performance covered is greater than any other one I've heard.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very Good Mixed Bag.
    This album will show how Capitol Records ruled the charts in the early fifties until Elvis came along. I bought this album because I didn't have the tune 'Happy Whistler' but this album is an overview of this particular period. Included are the great instrumentals besides 'Happy Whistler', 'Poor People Of Paris' and 'Lisbon Antigua' among others. Oh Baby Mine was a big hit from that era as were most of the others on this collection. For country fans, there's Sonny James 'Young Love' and Tennessee Ernie Fords 'Sixteen Tons'. For humour, there's 'It's In The Book' and 'St. George and the Dragon'. Of course these years wouldn't have been complete without Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Les Paul and Mary Ford. A great 57 minutes of nostalgia.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great price! So many original recordings!
    You would think that with this many tracks for such an inexpensive price, you'd be gettinga bunch of rerecordings. Not so! These are the original recordings of many of the biggest hits of the 50s. ... Read more


    9. Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 22
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Rating 100%
    Back in 1990, Rhino records commenced the collaboration of the "Have A Nice Day" compilation series. Ultimately this resulted in a 25 volume set of CD's. All of the discs contain a mixture of top charting hits and obscure classics from the seventies. Many of the discs have come together quite well with a collection of great tracks, whilst some of the other discs are as horrid as my old set of pink flares.

    One of the best volumes is number 22. This one contains that guitar stumpin' classic "driver seat" from Sniff and the Tears. What about abit of dance with Hot Chocolates "everyone's a winner" and Nick Gilders "hot child in the City". Feeling romantic? There's Nicolette Larson's "lotta love", John Paul Young's "love is in the air" and Robert John's "Sad eyes". Other tracks include Chris Norman and Suzi Quatro's Duet "stumblin' in" and John Stewart's "gold". I was about age ten when many of these tracks where at the top of the charts. Nothing beats that good old seventies nostalgia. Again a disc that get's a good thrashing at my place.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rhino sure knows how to pick 'em
    One of the outstanding members of the Have A Nice Day collection, this disc captures the feel of a turning point in musical styles. Briefly...

    "Hot Child In The City": Seductive, androgynous vocals here from Nick Gilder. Listeners appear to have missed the "cautionary" point of this song...everyone wanted to meet the young girl dressed in black.

    "Love Is In the Air": A memorable tune from the late 70's, from Aussie singer John Paul Young. It had a brief renaissance when it was included in the Aussie film "Strictly Ballroom" in the early 90's.

    "My Sharona": The Knack gave us a preview of the changing attitudes towards the "disco" late 70's with their "garage band" rock tune. Appeared in the slacker/nostalgia flick "Reality Bites".

    "Gold": Great vocals by John Stewart, with backup and "ooo-ooo's" by none other than Stevie Nicks!

    "Driver's Seat" and "Hold On" are complex, existentialist "mood" pieces with innovative instrumental and vocal arrangements. Contrast these with Rex Smith's bubble gum "Take My Breath Away".

    Robert John's "Sad Eyes" is blessed with muscular instrumentalization and one of the finest falsettos you are likely to hear in the modern age.

    Besides that, this CD will prove a "fistful of memories" (hopefully good ones) for anyone who grew up during this era. Don't miss out!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD in the series.
    Growing up in the 1970s, I was an avid listener to radio (both AM and FM). My dad frequently bought me LPs and 45s (for those of you who are young, you might not remember vinyl *g*) of my favorite songs or songs that he thought I would like.

    My favorite songs on this CD are:

    Every 1's a Winner (Hot Chocolate). This top 10 hit is by the same group that had a hit with "Emma" and "You Sexy Thing."

    Hot Child in the City (Nick Gilder). Number 1 song for the week of October 28, 1978 for one week. This song made the record of the longest time of a song to reach number 1 (taking 20 weeks to go from Number 88 to Number 1).

    Love Is in the Air (John Paul Young). This is one of those songs when you were young, you would lip synch in the living room next to the record player. You know you yell out the chorus with arms open wide, "LOVE IS IN THE AIRRRRRR!!! OOOOOHHHHHH!!!!"

    Lotta Love (Nicolette Larson). A Top 10 hit in early 1979. This song always reminds me of roller skating at the rinks on Saturday mornings. When listening to the song, I can still hear the skates on the wood floor.

    Stumblin' In (Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman). Leather Tuscadero from "Happy Days" recorded a Top 40 hit. This was the biggest American hit for the duet.

    My Sharona (The Knack). Number one song the week of August 25, 1979. I had this 45rpm and played it constantly in 1979.

    Gold (John Stewart). This is a song that featured Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. You can't miss Stevie's background vocals while she sings a half a beat behind. My favorite line would have to be: "Well my buddy Jim Bash, he is workin' pumpin' gas and he makes $2.50 for an hour." Wow! What a wage!

    Driver's Seat (Sniff 'N' The Tears). This song should be on everyone's "car" or "driving" tape or CD for travelling.

    Sad Eyes (Robert John). Number 1 the week of October 6, 1979 for one week. This song was tied with Nick Gilder's "Hot Child in the City" for the longest time reaching Number 1 on Billboard's Charts (entered the charts at Number 85 and then 20 weeks later it arrived at Number 1).

    This is my favorite volume in Rhino's Super Hits of the '70s series. It brings back those memories of the late 1970s when I was 8 years old and the freedom of being a little kid during the fall of 1978 and the summer of 1979.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely blend of 70s styles
    This is a lovely blend of late 70's styles like disco (Hot Chocolate), big ballads (Rex Smith), wistful pop (John Paul Young, Robert John), power pop (The Knack), atmospheric rock (Nick Gilder), catchy singalong pop (Quattro & Norman) plus a couple of lesser known but still great tracks by Ian Gomm, Nicolette Larson, etc. I remember 1978 as a great year for good music in which singles sales reached a record high, in a decade that I consider the golden age of pop music. Even dance music had personality then and wasn't just mass-produced 4 beats to the bar anonymous variations on a theme. My favorites here include the tense, erotic "Hot Child", the dreamy, hypnotic "Love Is In The Air", the poppy disco of "Everyone's A Winner" and the sensitive "Sad Eyes." Vol. 22 makes a valuable contribution to an excellent series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Disco, Ballads, Rockers...Take Your Pick!
    Volume 22 in this "Have A Nice Day" CD series covers the major hits from the Fall of '78 on through to the fall of '79. There's something for every fan of late '70's music here. You have Disco (Every 1's a Winner-Hot Chocolate), Ballads (Lotta Love-Nicolette Larson, Dancin' Shoes-Nigel Olsson, Stumblin' In-Chris Norman and Suzi Quatro, Love Is In The Air-John Paul Young, Sad Eyes-Robert John and You Take My Breath Away-Rex Smith) as well as some good rockers (Hot Child In The City-Nick Gilder, Gold-John Stewart, Driver's Seat-Sniff 'N The Tears). The only bad song in this collection is Ian Gomm's "Hold On", otherwise, the many above listed songs make this d a must buy! ... Read more


    10. Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 2
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Trip Down Memory Lane
    Most of Rhino's HAVE A NICE DAY series is a hit-or-miss affair. There are enough hits to make it interesting, but overall most of these songs are at the MOR end of the pop music spectrum. The only song that even registers on the rock 'n' roll radar screen is Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky," one of the five million-selling singles in this collection. [The others are "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary goes)," "Which Way You Goin' Billy," "Hitchin' a Ride" and "Everything Is Beautiful."]

    While for the most part the tone of this album is laid back pop, these are infrequently anthologized songs by one- and two-hit wonders. [Only Ray Stevens had any kind of sustained career and they were mostly novelties.] So it's nice to hear these songs again.

    Also worth noting is that each of these songs charted in 1970. So if you were in high school at the time (as I was), these songs have a certain charm and bring back fond memories. My only real complaint is the brief playing time. What I've done with my collection of HAND albums is to dub several of them onto a single cassette to play in the car for a memorable flashback experience on long car trips.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best volume of this series.
    Why does the best volume of the entire Have A Nice Day series have to be the one that goes out of print? Every song on this album sparks memories and is also likable and relatively hard-to-find, especially "Little Green Bag" and "Lay A Little Lovin' On Me." This is musical nostalgia at its best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This Music!
    This Music is Fantastic Including Norman Greenbaum's Spirit in the Sky If Ever I Should die some Day That should have that Beloved Song Plaed at My Funeral. I Remenbered Those Songs Since 7th Grade in middle School. It Brings Fellow Listeners To their Youth Again "Highly Recomendable"

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Dynamic Dozen of the SuperHits series!
    Volume 2 of the "Have a Nice Day" series is hands-down the best offering in the set. Rhino actually put twelve solid songs on the same disc, something very rare in this collection.

    Hard-to-find gems abound in this volume, including the powerful "Reflections of My Life", Bobbi Martin's "For the Love of Him" and the Brotherhood of Man's classic "United We Stand."

    There are no fillers and no throw-aways here, as even the lesser songs are recognizable and can legitimately be called "hits."

    It's a very good thing that Rhino did their usual masterful job of remastering this disc, since most buyers will wear it out. The best value in the entire set and a definite must have. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SUPER SERIES OF HARD TO FIND 70's TUNES
    Rhino continues to impress with every submission. In volume 2, you'll find "Reflections of My Life" - a somber yet easy song of great length (a radio rarity in those days I'm sure), as well as several other hard to find early 70's iconoclastic hymns. Almost textbook-like in it's approach to the start of the cynical "ME" years that followed. The only thing missing are images of our friends being gunned down in the jungles as we reveled in these jingles. Both uplifting and morose. ... Read more


    11. Now That's What I Call Music! 4
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    The fourth in the series of Top 40-tracking compilations strikes a good balance between pop radio played-to-death singles, R&B standouts, and straight-up rock chart stormers. The beginning of the disc is packed with requisite teen pop; however, the Britney Spears offering "(You Drive Me) Crazy" will probably disappoint those who were hoping for the more recent "Oops!... I Did It Again"). This disc, where the Italian group Eiffel 65's dance-pop smash "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" lives in the same space as Blink 182's "All the Small Things," Ben Harper's "Steal My Kisses," and Macy Gray's "I Try," is like channel surfing during drive-time radio hours and scoring with every hit of the "seek" button. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great CD (track listing a little bit old)
    OK, NOW 4 it's GREAT CD but some of the tracks are very old for the release date; here is the track listing:

    1. Larger Than Life - Backstreet Boys (5 stars / They definetly put "Show Me The Meaning") 2. (You Drive Me) Crazy - Britney Spears (5 stars/It still rocks your house but they must put "Oops! I Did It Again" or "From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart") 3. I Need To Know - Marc Anthony (3 stars/Good) 4. Candy - Mandy Moore (4 stars/Pretty Good) 5. Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65 (5 stars/Good to dance) 6. It Feels So Good - Sonique (5 stars/Pretty good dance hit) 7. I Belong To You - Lenny Kravitz (not rated) 8. I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden (4 stars/sweet song) 9. I Wanna Know - Joe 10. Try Again - Aaliyah (3 stars/I hate this girl since she won Britney Spears in the VMA.00) 11. Waiting for Tonight - Jennifer Lopez (5 stars/good dancepop) 12. Get It On Tonight - Montell Jordan 13. Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 14. Then The Morning Comes - Smash Mouth (2 stars/good less less) 15. Meet Virginia - Train 16. I Try - Macy Gray (4 stars/I hate this girl but the song is pretty good) 17. This Time Around - Hanson (3 stars/ a little bit boring) 18. All the Small Things - blink-182 (5 stars/I love it!)

    OK, you can buy it if you like this artists, but I prefer NOW 6.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best "Now" so far!
    First off, let's start with the track listing which seems to be missing:

    1. Larger Than Life - Backstreet Boys 2. (You Drive Me) Crazy - Britney Spears 3. I Need To Know - Marc Anthony 4. Candy - Mandy Moore 5. Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65 6. It Feels So Good - Sonique 7. I Belong To You - Lenny Kravitz 8. I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden 9. I Wanna Know - Joe 10. Try Again - Aaliyah 11. Waiting For Tonight - Jennifer Lopez 12. Get It On Tonite - Montell Jordan 13. Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals 14. Then The Morning Comes - Smash Mouth 15. Meet Virginia - Train 16. I Try - Macy Gray 17. This Time Around - Hanson 18. All The Small Things - Blink 182

    With the addition of the Sony music label to the series, this "Now" is definitely the best so far. Some of the label's hottest artists (Savage Garden, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Train, Macy Gray) make their first "Now" appearance. Every song on "Now 4" is basically a big hit and some are stil charting! Weakest spots, in my opinion, would be the tracks by: Mandy Moore (a bad, annoying song is simply just that!), Ben Harper (just can't really seem to get into this one), and Hanson (never been a fan of theirs no matter how hard they try to change their style). Alas, that is why we can program our cd players to skip the songs we do not wish to hear! So for the price and for the number of popular tunes on this disc, "Now 4" can't be beat! It will make the perfect soundtrack to cruise by this summer...can't wait to see how they top themselves with "Now 5"!

    2-0 out of 5 stars I couldn't give anything with Blink-182 on it 1 star
    "All The Small Things" is the only good song. Now I know why people say Blink-182 are a boy band. They should not be on this CD. They should be with Sum 41, Green Day, and New Found Glory, not Nsuck and Backstreetgirls.

    4-0 out of 5 stars My Review for: Now 4
    OK, let me tell you that Now 4 is a pretty cool CD, but, it might be my least fav. Lat me tell you that NONE of these songs get played on the radio anymore, except for Aaliyah's Try Again and Blink 182's All The Small Things. Thats all I hear. Ok, on with da songs:

    1. Backstreet Boys- Larger Than Life (4/5) A spicy BSB song, one of their best. Maybe.
    2. Britney Spears- (You Drive Me) Crazy (3/5) YEAH BRIT, YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY WITH THIS ONE! Overrated, and, overplayed back in the day. Sorry Brit, but, you can do much better.
    3. Marc Anthony- I Need To Know (5/5) Love this one! Marc Anthony's biggest hit in English. It did popular.
    4. Mandy Moore- Candy (5/5) Mandy's first hit! Bubblegummy, indead. Awsome anyway.
    5. Eiffel 65- Blue (Da Ba Dee) (4/5) These guys are huge in Europe, and, this was their only US hit. One hit wonders, anyway. This does get annoying sometimes, but, worth a listen.
    6. Sonique- It Feels So Good (5/5) Again, a 1 hit wonder, sadly. She was good. This got pretty overplayed.
    7. Lenny Kravitz- I Belong To You (3/5) An OK ballad from Kravitz. Kinda dumb and pointless, tho. A minor hit.
    8. Savage Garden- I Knew I Love You (4/5) Beautiful ballad, but, it got overplayed. Its too bad these guys split up.
    9. Joe- I Wanna Know (5/5) One of Joe's biggest hits. Overplayeddoorz.
    10. Aaliyah- Try Again (5/5) Aaliyah always gets a 5! Overplayed, but, I never got tired of it. And, the video was sexy.
    11. Jennifer Lopez- Waiting For Tonight (4/5) One of J. Lo's earlier hits. It got overplayed, tho.
    12. Montell Jordan- Get It On Tonite (5/5) Great song. Its sad his self titled album got cancelled, tho. Or did it? This was overplayed, but, I never got tired of it. Remember when he did This Is How We Do It? Well, this is dance soul, and, thats hip hop dance.
    13. Ben Harper and The Innocent Crimnals- Steal My Kisses (5/5) I dont want to admit it, but, I soo love this song! Very catchy! One hit wonder, again. I dont know, tho. I hear about Ben Harper alot.
    14. Smash Mouth- Then The Morning Comes (4/5) Cool song by Smash Mouth. Not their best, but, still good.
    15. Train- Meet Virgina (4/5) Train's first hit. Not as good as Drops Of Juipter or Calling All Angles, but, still cool. Why did Drops Of Jupiter never make it on Now 7 or 8 tho? Thats wild.
    16. Macy Gray- I Try (4/5) Macy Gray. She flopped with her previous album, and, this was her first and biggest hit. Her voice is kind of weird and annoying, cuz, she kinda sounds like a dying vampire.
    17. Hanson- This Time Around (5/5) Awsome! Hanson's first matured and grown sound, but, wasnt really a hit, I dont think, sadly. Maybe it was. Good ballad.
    18. Blink-182- All The Small Things (5/5) The most popular song on the album! Its probably Blinks biggest hit. Who knows?! Cool.

    Its ok, but, buy it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best Now cd's.
    Backstreet Boys - Larger Than Life: This was a great song to dance too at the club when it came out. A

    Britney Spears - (You Drive Me) Crazy: This is my favorite Britney song of all time. Not only is the beat great but it makes me want to sing along. A+

    Marc Anthony - I Need To Know: No I don't need to know and this song is just awful I always skip it when I listen to this cd. F-

    Mandy Moore - Candy: Great song and great singer I always did like Mandy Moore's music. A

    Eiffel 65 - Blue: This song was awesome that is all I can say. I loved the song and the music video. This is one of the best songs on the cd. A+

    Sonique - It Feels So Good: It depends on my mood with this song. I like the singer but this song was overplayed. C

    Lenny Kravitz - I Belong To You: This wasn't one of Lenny best songs and this song was 2 years old at the time this was released but it is catchy none-the-less. B

    Savage Garden - I Knew I Loved You: I liked this song I danced it at my wedding reception. It is very romantic. B+

    Joe - I Wanna Know: Like the previous song this is another romantic song that brings back memories. A-

    Aaliyah - Try Again: I miss Aaliyah this was a woman who could sing and the songs be meaninful. I loved this song and I do refer to it from time to time when I am talking with friends. A+

    Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonite: This was a good first hit for Jennifer. I have to admit the music video was better. B

    Montell Jordan - Get It On Tonite: Please don't get it on tonite, this was the second song I didn't like on this cd. Even the music sounded bad. F

    Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals - Steal My Kisses: An average song, have no complaints. C

    Smash Mouth - Then The Morning Comes: This was another great hit off of their cd. It is catchy and plain addictive. A+

    Train - Meet Virginia: I am not a big fan of Train but I did like this song. I liked it the first time I heard it. A-

    Macy Gray - I Try: This is the one of two songs I liked by Macy Gray. It is a shame she went downhill after this cd but I still like this song. A

    Hanson - This Time Around: I have no comment on this song. Hanson should have gave up with the cd previous to this. They don't deserve a F they deserve a Z-

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    12. Super Hits Of The '70s:Have a Nice Day, Vol. 19
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Rating 100%
    A continuation of the "Have a Nice Day" CD series, Volume 19 is another truck load of hits. This Volume seems to contain a bunch of tracks from the 1977 era. Do you remember what you were doing back then??

    All of the CD's in this series contain extensive sleeve notes on all the tracks with release dates. There's that radio classic which I think we've all heard a thousand times?.. 10CC's "the things we do for love". This volume has a number of tracks that have been released on CD for the first time. What about Burton Cummings "stand tall". Other tracks include the original Rocky theme, Orleans "still the one", Mary MacGregor's "Torn between two lovers", Adam O day's "undercover angel", Andrew Gold's "lonely boy" and a few tracks I've never really heard of. But for the songs I've listed, certainly make this disc worthwhile

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Still Having Fun And Its Still The One!
    I've had this disc since 1993 and it still an entertaining,relaxing piece of nostalgia today."Super Hits Of The 70's:Have A Nice Day Vol.19" is an amazing recap of the softer side of 1977,featuring such super-guilty-pleasures like Mary MacGregor's "Torn Between Two Lovers",former Guess Who frontman's Burton Cummings "Stand Tall","Starksy And Hutch" actor David Soul's "Don't Give Up On Us",Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy",Kenny Nolan's "I Like Dreamin",and Alan O'Day's oh-so-70's "Undercover Angel" along with likable,upbeat soft-rockers like Orleans "Still The One",Climax Blues Band's "Couldn't Get It Right" and 10cc's "The Things We Do For Love".The catchy TV jingle(David Dundas's "Jeans On")and the ubiquitous "Rocky" theme(Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now")provide contrast to the sweet,sentimental pop of the rest of the set,but for the most part,HANY Vol.19 captures the 70's at its sappiest,which means it's completly successful in its goals.(By the way,all these songs made the Top 20,10 of which made the Top 10,and 4 of which made it all the way to No.1!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Your Still the One and I got my Jeans On
    Even though that I'm born in 1980, I like music from the 1970's/1980's (except for some of that new wave ...) cause the songs have a better tone to it and everytime when I do listen to those songs, it just makes me wanna sing.

    If you grew up during the 1976-77 period and love pop music, then you should buy this CD cause it has some songs that you haven't heard of in years and you probably remember the Top 10 hits like Still the One, Stand Tall, Torn Between Two Lovers, Don't Give Up on Us, Lonely Boy, Undercover Angel and Couldn't Get it Right, boy aren't those great songs, if you're more into the heavier stuff of the 70's then this music isn't meant for you but if you like ballads and pop tunes then it's recommended just for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Year of Music
    These hits are Just Terriffic It Was just Like turning 21 again in 77 highly Recomendable Music

    5-0 out of 5 stars May be the best of the mid-70s volumes
    Volume 19 of the "Have a Nice Day" series has a decidedly gentle sound to it, concentrating on ballads like Mary MacGregor's "Torn Between Two Lovers" and David Soul's maudlin "Don't Give Up On Us, Baby" to more middle-of-the-road but still melodic cuts like Orlean's "Still the One" and 10cc's excellent "The Things We Do for Love." The disc also includes the near-instrumental "Gonna Fly Now", theme from the decade's most prolific sequel producing movie, Rocky.

    There isn't much profound thought or social commentary in these songs, just a lot of good music and fond memories. This one's a keeper. ... Read more


    13. Now That's What I Call Music! 5
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    The U.S. version of the Now That's What I Call Music series is often pegged as strictly kid stuff. There's no denying that many or most of the singles collected on volume 5 are beloved teen and preteen faves; even with a title cleanup, though, Mystikal's James Brown tribute "Shake It Fast" provides plenty of grownup kicks. As do Destiny's Child, Mya, and Kandi, whose delicious pop-R&B tracks trump the over-30 rock of Everclear's "Wonderful" and Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" for sheer radio wisdom. At the same time, the CD's reliance on cuts stamped from a small handful of templates suggests that a new mainstream revolution is just about due. Till then, the likes of "Don't Think I'm Not" and "Jumpin' Jumpin'" will do just fine. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC CD!
    1.It's Gonna Be Me-4 stars, a really good song 2.Give Me Just Night-4 stars, has a great tune 3.Jumpin,Jumpin-3 stars, great dance song 4.Don't Think I'm Not-2 stars, kinda slow 5.I Think I'm In Love With You-3 stars, common tune, not too catchy 6.Faded-4 stars, pretty upbeat, good song 7.Shake It Fast-1 star, this song sucks, only track you'll have to skip on this CD 8.Case of the Ex-3 stars,nice tune and lyrics 9.Aaron's Party(Come Get It)-2 stars, OK song 10.Lucky-3 stars, gets old after a while, but pretty good song 11.Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely-3 stars, slow song but good 12.Incomplete-2 stars, again, slow song but good lyrics 13.I Wanna Be With You-3 stars, good song and voice 14.Doesn't Really Matter-4 stars, good dance song 15.Back Here-5 stars, this is a good catchy song 16.Absolutely(Story of a Girl)-4 stars, it will be in your head all day 17.Kryptonite-4 stars, great song 18.Wonderful-4 stars, shows reality, good song 19.It's My Life-5 stars, I Love This Song!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Now 5 is Number 1
    Now 5 is a great CD! Here's how I rate the 19 songs...

    1. It's Gonna Be Me- 5 stars 2.Give Me Just One Night- 5 stars 3.Jumpin' Jumpin'- 5 stars 4.Don't Think I'm Not- 4 stars 5.I Think I'm in Love With You- 3 stars 6.Faded- 4 stars 7.Shake It Fast-0 stars 8.Case of the Ex- 4 stars 9.Aaron's Party (Come Get It)- 3.5 stars 10.Lucky-4 stars 11.Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely-4 stars 12.Incomplete- 4 stars 13.I Wanna Be With You-3 stars 14.Doesn't Really Matter-4 stars 15.Back Here- 4 stars 16.Absoulutely(Story of a Girl)- 4 stars 17.Kryptonite-4 stars 18.Wonderful-4 stars 19. It's My Life- 4 stars

    That's how I rate these songs of course everyone has their own opinion so your "ammount of stars" may be different. I didn't tell you why I rated theses songs the way they are because I think you should here the songs and see what you think. So, wht are you waiting for? Get the CD! Overall this is a great CD! Have fun listening!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Oh look.......another sellout record desparate to cash in!
    Go figure! I hate being a teenager most of the time. And most of that hatred is thanks to the many mindless nimwitts out there that can't even get a high school diploma. You know what I'm talking about......they're everywhere. They work at Taco Bell for minimum wage and spit in your grilled stuft burrito just to feel rebellious for two seconds before the evil boss fires them, and then they go home and listen to this godawful crap that attempts to pass for our generation's music. It is a shame, really, because not all teenagers listen to 98 degrees, Destiny's Child, Britney Spears, 'N Sync, and Bon Jovi. Some of us are well aware of older-generation music such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, Guns N' Roses, etc. I am one of those teens who listens to a broad selection of rock music, old and new, provided it isn't complete garbage. I wish I could say that there was a redeeming moment on this CD. But I can't; one listen of this on a ten hour family car trip was bad enough (I guess that's what I get for forgetting to bring my own headphones). These artists are simple; that's why many teens love them. But I hate simple music, because it fails to dive into, or even remotely touch, the qualities that make real music so individualistic and potent.

    I hate MTV. Hate hate hate hate MTV. Hate it. Hate every vague and idiotic message they try to send to teens about the importance of image. Hate the oblivion that they portray to the American public with respect to our musical predilections. But I especially hate their affront to teenagers everywhere who are not just as easily taken in by record company-processed hogwash. But perhaps you, the one who's reading this, disagree. Perhaps you feel that, as long as you're enjoying it, then it's good enough to satisfy you, and people like me should stop complaining. First of all, I envy you; I really do. I wish I could be so easily satiated, but I feel that music like this lacks any real eccentricity and musical intensity. It's just a bunch of record companies telling their artists/puppets "play/sing this way, because that's what gets us paid, and we aren't interested in what you really want." Feh! I don't buy it. I tried to tell my younger sister she was wasting her money with this, but as of now, all her friends are into it. She'll soon come to understand. Image, people, is garbage, yet it seems to take a priority to musicianship and people giving a crap.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 5 is alive! One of the best (if not spectacular) NOWs!
    It's got pop pap, but it's decent.

    1. It's Gonne Be Me - 'N Sync- At the risk of sounding wussy, it's OK! (B)

    2. Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) - 98 Degrees- Meh. (C+)

    3. Jumpin' Jumpin' - Destiny's Child- Destiny's Child doing my least favorite song of theirs, behind Survivor and Bugaboo. (C+)

    4. Don't Think I'm Not - Kandi Forgettable! (C)

    5. I Think I'm In Love With You - Jessica Simpson- But I'm not in love with you! (C-)

    6. Faded - SoulDecision- It gets good if you get into it. (B)

    7. Shake It Fast - Mystikal- Dull. (C+)

    8. Case of the Ex - Mya- Mya's best! (B)

    9. Aaron's party (Come Get It) - Aaron Carter- Very snotty! I hated it after it was the ONLY #1 song on Nickelodeon's music video countdown all spring and summer! (Yes, there was a Nickelodeon music video countdown.) (F)

    10. Lucky - Britney Spears- She nearly strikes gold. (B)

    11. Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely - Backstreet Boys- Depressing for a boy band song. (B-)

    12. Incomplete - Sisqo- After the "Thong Song", you really can't take him seriously anymore. (C-)

    13. I Wanna Be With You - Mandy Moore- Pop, not pap. Kinda forced. (C+)

    14. Doesn't Really Matter - Janet- Fun and spacey. (B+)

    15. Back Here - BBMak- Remember them? They were OK. (B)

    16. Absolutely (Story of a Girl) - Nine Days- 4 years ago, I thought this was the best song ever. Now, not so much. (B)

    17. Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down- Surreal! Too bad the music video for it is so corny. (A-)

    18. Wonderful - Everclear- Depressing. (B)

    19. It's My Life - Bon Jovi- Whoa. That's all I need to say about this true gem! (A+)

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best NOW albums! And fun!
    I like this album! The first 8 songs kick butt!!!! Lots of high energy pop back to back. The other half continues the momentum of side 1. I especially like "It's Gonna Be Me" on the album. I remembered that most of the album's songs were popular in summer 2000. A lot of people say this is teen stuff, but these are all solid, proven songs. ... Read more


    14. Now That's What I Call Music! 6
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    5-0 out of 5 stars POSSIBLY MY NEW FAV OF THE NOW CDS
    I have all of the Nows and enjoy them all so I was very happy to purchase this one. All in all,it's a great CD with a large variety of music. For those of you who think it's an insult for artists like Creed and U2 to appear with people like BSB and Destiny's Child....GET OVER IT! Ever hear of variety? ALL of these artists are talented in their own,individual way. Here's my run-down 1.Stronger-Britney Spears 5/5 My favorite from her "Oops" album. It's a catchy tune and very enjoyable.

    2.Gotta Tell You-Samantha Mumba 5/5 Fantastic! Samantha Mumba definately has potential. 3.Bye Bye Bye-*N Sync 1/5 A am NOT an *N Sync fan and this song does nothing for me. It's over a year old and I strongly think it shouldn't have been included on here. 4.Around the World-ATC 4/5 Extremely catchy. Impossible not to sing along too! 5.Love Don't Cost Again-Jennifer Lopez 4/5 It was massacred on the radio and got extremely annoying after awhile,but it's still a good song. 6.Independent Women-Destiny's Child 5/5 "ALL THE WOMEN WHO INDEPENDENT!" I love it and I love Destiny's Child. Hopefully,they'll be around for a long time. 7.It Wasn't Me-Shaggy 3/5 It's a good song,but I strongly disagree with the message it's displaying. Plus,I'M SICK OF IT!!! 8.No More-3LW 5/5 This one grows on ya. I'm just disappointed that it doesn't include the rap part. 9.Crazy-K-Ci & JoJo 4/5 The vocals are kinda whiny,but it's a nice song. 10.I Wish-R.Kelly 5/5 I really like this song. R.Kelly is hugely talented and this and all of his other music shows it. 11.Shape Of My Heart-BSB 5/5 LOVE IT! The best song on the CD,in my opinion. If U like this,I strongly recommend U buy Black and Blue. It's a great pop album! 12.Crazy For This Girl-Evan and Jaron 3/5 BLAH! I'm sick of it. 13.Yellow-Coldplay 4/5 Unique. Worthy of a listen. 14.Again-Lenny Kravitz 4/5 Again was massacred on the radio much like "Love Don't Cost A Thing." Still,I'm not going to take away from the rating cuz it's a good song. 15.Hemmorage In My Hand-Fuel 5/5 Great! It's a cool song! 16.Arms Wide Open-Creed 3/5 AHHH! STOP PLAYING IT!!! 17.Drive-Incubus 4/5 I guess this was more of an underground hit. It's good,though. 18.Beautiful Day-U2 2/5 What is up with this??? I just don't like it. 19.AM Radio-Everclear 5/5 Fun song! Enjoy! It's definately a great CD besides tracks 3 and 18. Still worth the money! Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars This CD is GREAT!!!
    The reason I gave this album four stars is because they put R. Kelly on here who I absolutely hate so much! Other than that all the other songs on here are pretty good.

    1. Stronger- Britney Spears: Blah! I really dont like this song and her voice sounds weird. 1/5

    2. Gotta Tell You- Samantha Mumba: I love this song and she's a wonderful singer. Great Lyrics, too. 5/5

    3. Bye Bye Bye- N'Sync: Why did they put this song on here anyway? It's such an old song and Im not the biggest N'Sync lover. 2/5

    4. Around the World (La La La La La)- ATC: This song is the best song on the whole CD and I love dancing to it! 5/5

    5. Love Don't Cost a Thing- Jennifer Lopez: This song is great. I absolutely love Jennifer Lopez. 5/5

    6. Independent Women (Part 1)- Destiny's Child: I'm the biggest fan of these wonderful singers! 5/5

    7. It Wasn't Me- Shaggy: This is one of my favorite songs on the CD and its sooo funny! 5/5

    8. No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)- 3LW: I like this song and they are one of my favorite NOW artists. 4/5

    9. Crazy- K-Ci & Jo Jo: Ok I really dont like this song. Probably one of the worst songs on here. 1/5

    10. I Wish- R. Kelly: I absolutely HATE him so much. Bad vocals and lyrics. 0/5

    11. Shape of my Heart- Backstreet Boys: I LOVE this song and its one of the best songs these boys have ever written. 5/5

    12. Crazy for this Girl- Evan & Jaron: I love these twins and their song. 4.5/5

    13. Yellow- Coldplay: I've never heard of this group before but their song is pretty good. 3.5/5

    14. Again- Lenny Kravitz: This is one of his best songs! 5/5

    15. Hemorrhage (In My Hands)- Fuel: I kind of like this song but definitely not one of my favorites. 2/5

    16. With Arms Wide Open- Creed: Probably one of my favorite songs on the CD. 3.5/5

    17. Drive- Incubus: I love this one! 5/5

    18. Beautiful Day- U2: I wouldn't call this one of their best songs but it seems to be ok. 3/5

    19. AM Radio- Everclear: I really dont like this song and not one of the greatest recordings. 1/5

    5-0 out of 5 stars Now that's what I'm talking about!
    Now that's what I call Music 6 is so cool!I almost have all of the Now that's what I call Music's.Great Music for everyone!
    I think you will love it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Review for: Now 6
    Now 6! This is a great Now, but, not the best. Im very sad, cuz I lost mine. It was in one of my CD cases, but, I lost that! UGH! I still remember all the songs anyway. Here we go:

    1. Britney Spears- Stronger (4/5) Nice. A pretty good song from britney, although her voice is a bit low and computerized that you cant understand some of what shes saying on the verses.
    2. Samantha Mumba- Gotta Tell You (5/5) Great! Better than Baby Come On Over, and, this was a bigger hit.
    3. NSYNC- Bye Bye Bye (4/5) Uh, wasnt this too old to put on? Yeah, it was. But, thats ok. NOW does what they wanna do.
    4. ATC- Around The World (La La La La La) (5/5) A great dance song. One hit wonders.
    5. Jennifer Lopez- Love Don't Cost A Thing (4/5) Good dance tune by J Lo, but, overplayeddoorz.
    6. Destiny's Child- Independent Women (Part 1) (5/5) Destiny! Michelle, Beyonce, Kelly! I cant beleive that despicable cretin that said that people waist electricity with this song. DIE! That was the most terrible thing to say!!!
    7. Shaggy featuring Ricardo Ducent- It Wasn't Me (5/5) I still love this song today, even tho it wuz seriously overplayed in 2001. I havent heard it in a long time, and, I hope Shaggy comes back soon.
    8. 3LW- No More (Baby I'ma Do Right) (4/5) 3LW are cool. Its too sad that Natina got kicked out of the group. I wonder what the new member is like. This was their biggest hit.
    9. K-Ci & JoJo- Crazy (5/5) Yeah, this got overplayeddoorz in 2000/2001 also, but, I still love it.

    10. R. Kelly- I Wish (5/5) Great song by Kelly! This was a big hit for him, but, I never hear it anymore on radio.
    11. Backstreet Boys- Shape Of My Heart (4/5) Good ballad by BSB, almost all their hits are ballads. This got overplayed, tho.
    12. Evan & Jaron- Crazy For This Girl (4/5) Evan & Jaron are awsome, but, this got a bit overplayed.
    13. Coldplay- Yellow (5/5) I didnt care for COldplay much at first, but, now I love em. Their first hit here.
    14. Lenny Kravitz- Again (5/5) AWSOME BALLAD FROM LENNY!! His best next to Fly Away all the way.
    15. Fuel- Hemorrhage (In My Hands) (5/5) Great song by Fuel, even tho it got overplayed. I still love it, tho. Their biggest hit next to Shimmer.
    16. Creed- With Arms Wide Open (4/5) Again, very overplayeddoorz. A very sad song by Creed, indeed. Its still a beautiful song, tho.
    17. Incubus- Drive (5/5) One of Incubus's best. Probably their biggest hit. It got pretty overplayed, but, I didnt get tired of it.
    18. U2- Beautiful Day (5/5) This is my favorite U2 song! Great work. Im glad they won numerous grammys for this.
    19. Everclear- AM Radio (4/5) Good tune from Everclear, even tho it was a minor hit. It gets annoying sometimes.

    Overalll, one of my favorite Now's actually. Get it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good cd one of the best of the series
    Britney Spears - Stronger: This is my favorite song by her! I like the meaning of the song and everything was just good even the music video. A+

    Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You: This was a great song by her too bad her 2nd CD was cancelled. A

    *NSYNC - Bye Bye Bye: This was one of their best songs and I still like it today. A

    ATC - Around The World (La La La La La): This was a popular song and it was great to dance too in the clubs. A

    Jennifer Lopez - Love Don't Cost A Thing: This was a good song but it was seriously overplayed and it got boring after awhile and the remix is better. B

    Destiny's Child - Independent Women Part I: I loved this song till it got over played so now I am indifferent to it. B-

    Shaggy - It Wasn't Me: This song is just plain bad. It gives us guys a bad image and the music isn't catchy. F-

    3LW - No More (Baby I'm A Do Right): I like this song it was a good club song but it had a nice catch to it. A-

    K-Ci & Jojo - Crazy: This was a good song by this group. B

    R. Kelly - I Wish: This was my favorite song by him. His personal life is questionable but this song was a good song to listen too. A

    Backstreet Boys - Shape Of My Heart: I was not impressed with this song and it is my least favorite by this group. F

    Evan And Jaron - Crazy For This Girl: This is one of my favorite songs on this cd. Yes it was overplayed but it was a good get your groove song. A+

    Coldplay - Yellow: This was the song that put Coldplay on the map. I like the meaning, beat, and it is still good today. A

    Lenny Kravitz - Again: This was a good song by Lenny and the meaning too makes it even better. The music video was good too. A

    Fuel - Hemmorrhage (In My Hands): My favorite song on this whole cd. I bought the cd after I heard it. It is just good. A+

    Creed - With Arms Wide Open: I am a fan of Creed but this song was played out and I just have no interest to hear it anymore. D

    Incubus - Drive: This was an ok song by them. C+

    U2 - Beautiful Day: I am a big fan of this group but not a fan of this song I don't know why even though it was a comeback hit. C

    Everclear - AM Radio: This was an ok song. It would have been better without the editing but it wasn't as good as Wonderful. B- ... Read more


    15. Flappers, Vamps And Sweet Young Things
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Historic Sounds
    If you are here reading this you have been doing some home work. I bought this a few weeks ago and it is very good if your into the twenties. This cd has led me to seek out full cd's by some of these artists. My personal favorites are Ruth Etting,Annette Hanshaw and Libby Holman. The cd is well done the sound quality is very good. I was starved for new music and this is all new to me. Fun stuff.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Compilation of Famous and Obscure Artists
    I had this record years ago on a cassette which I bought from a mail order bargain house in the days before internet shopping. It was one of my favorite compilations of music from this era because it had an excellent choice of songs, as well as a good mix of famous and obscure artists. I lost that cassette long ago (cassettes always had a way of getting lost) and despite all hope, I never found it again, but here it is on CD, and if you like 1920's vocal styles, this is an excellent collection for your collection.

    The famous artists, like Annette Hanshaw, Marion Harris and Ruth Etting are here with good selections, and their work speaks for itself. But check out some of the unknowns, like Jane Green's enthusiastic version of "I'm Gonna Meet My Sweety Now", Esther Walker's "You Gotta Know How To Love Them" and, especially Margaret Young's "Red Hot Henry Brown", one of the wildest vocal performances of the era. For fans of early talky musicals, there's Paramount's resident soubrette Zelma O'Neal; Lilian Roth, doing "Why Am I So Romantiic", her song from the Marx Brothers film Animal Crackers; and the Brox Sisters, a now forgotten act who helped Cliff Edwards introduce "Singing In The Rain" to the world in MGM's "Hollywood Revue" off 1929. The best thing on the record may be Sophie Tucker's "If Your Kisses Can't Hold the Man You Love", which, tho recorded in the 20s, sounds like it belongs to a previous era, but which nevertheless has some of the greatest, and funniest, lyrics ever written.

    An altogether excellent collection, one that's very entertaining, and, in these days of MP3 players and CD recorders, one from which you can pick your favorites if there are a few selecctions you don't like.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this music
    This is great old stuff, even my 4 year old daughter loves this cd! Her constant request is to hear "Dangerous Nan McGrew"!

    5-0 out of 5 stars These gals are horny!
    Whoa! I just don't know how to express how GREAT this CD is! Each singer has her own distinct personality and voice (no, they are not ALL squeaky!). And all these broads sing very frankly about "Hot" men, necking, petting and cheating. Yes, when I heard Sophie Tucker say "If you find your husband is cheating, go out and do the same old dear" I gasped. After all, "That's what God made sailors for!"

    Another singer who stands out is Margaret Young. If she were performing today, she'd definatly be doing hip hop music. She sings about "Red Hot Henry Brown" like her loins are on fire!

    All in all, every song on here is a gem. The period recordings and the surface noise just add to the feeling. If you like anything 20's, I suggest this CD!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries
    How can anyone NOT love this sort of historical music? What some of these reviewers who complain about the "squeaky" voices, background noise, and unintentionally funny lyrics misunderstand is that this sort of music MUST be placed in the cultural context of the era in which is was meant to be heard.

    These sorts of songs and singers emerged after the entire world was recovering from the horrors and brutality of World War I--a war in which an entire generation (20 million) of young men was killed. These people wanted fun, fun, fun: "Four Wheels, No Brakes" and "Hey Chicken, Here's Your Roost"! The age of youth and consumer culture hit the scene and the United States hasn't looked back! After all, this was the era in which "dating" emerged. Previously, people engaged in courting on front porches. But now, young people's romantic activities moved from the front steps to the back seat!

    So maybe the sound is raw, the singers do squeak, and the lyrics seem nothing more than "cute." But this music certainly can't be labeled old-fashioned and in no way is it "innocent." This music is a testament to the times; these songs and singers' styles are historical cultural documents. Have fun with it like the co-eds, flappers, flivvers, and racoon-coated ukulele-toting collegiates did! Our times aren't so very different from theirs.

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    16. Ultimate Dance Party 1997
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This should be retitled "Greatest Dance Hits of the 90s"!
    This is a great compilation! 17 of the 90s greatest dance hits on one explosive cd! What could be better! Songs like "Missing", "Where Do You Go?" and "Another Night" represent the earlier years of 90s dance. "Dreamer", "I Like to Move It", and "Boom Boom Boom" are defenite club hits! But among this vast list of party smashes are just a couple of ultimate hits. "Beautiful Life", beautifully performed by the best group on the planet, Ace of Base, is one of them. The other is "C'mon & Ride It (The Train)" by one of the decade's biggest dance acts, Quad City DJs. These two hits are for sure the biggest dance tracks ever! This is an amazing party cd (I bought it in summer 98, and this album helped me party on down!) and everyone who wants the biggest club hits of the 90s needs this cd!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A True Dance Party!
    While many dance compilations try to please as many people as possible by combining as many different types of dance music as possible, all the songs on this CD work together wonderfully. The Amber song This Is Your Night is the highlight of this CD, but the songs by La Bouche, Taylor Dayne, Ace Of Base and Quad City DJs are huge party starters. The only annoying song here is the overplayed Macarena, but since it's the last song on the CD you can easily skip it. Even if you think this CD is older, still get it because it's still very enjoyable.

    3-0 out of 5 stars An ok dance CD
    This is an ok dance CD. Only about 4 good dance tracks worth the listen such as "Who Do U Love" - Deborah Cox, "Be My Lover" - La Bouche feat. Melanie Thornton, "Dreamer" - Livin' Joy, "Beautiful Life" - Ace of Base. The rest is basically pretty boring. Not a great dance CD, but still an ok one. Get this only if you like most of the tracks and artists on this dance compilation album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I MISS THIS TIME...
    BEST EVER!
    EVERYTHING BUT A GIRL,LA BOUCHE,ACE OF BASE,LOS DEL RIO...
    GREAT!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This was my first dance compilation ever, when I bought it shortly after it was released in early 1997 and I have loved it ever since (as well as the 1998 edition). This is a sampling of back-to-back dance trax that was popular at the time, when eurodance first became really hot. Starting off with "Missing" by EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL, it leads into more hits, such as "Another Night" by Real McCoy, "Where Do You Go" by NO MERCY, "Be My Lover" by LA BOUCHE, the excellent "Dreamer" by LIVIN JOY, the obscure mix of "No More I Love Yous" by ANNIE LENNOX, the wonderful "Children" by ROBERT MILES, the well-known cover "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" by NIKKI FRENCH and ending with the dancefloor standard (at that particular point and time) "Macarena" by LOS DEL RIO. You'll probably recognize most of these, including the rehashed "Tell It To My Heart" (remix) by TAYLOR DAYNE and you even get a perfect mix of "A Deeper Love" by the queen of soul herself, ARETHA FRANKLIN. Overall, this is a non-stop dance album that'll make you wanna move from start to finish. All hits in one form or another, no filler, this is THE dance collection to buy, and I recommend ULTIMATE DANCE PARTY 1998 in additon to this disc. Both are just absolutely fabulous! ... Read more


    17. Super Hits Of The '70s:Have a Nice Day, Vol. 18
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A trip back to my first memories
    I bought most of the cd's to this series in the mid nineties, and found most of the earlier ones a little smoogey sounding. The quality of the selections change greatly around volumes 14 and upwards.

    Volume 18 is another hand full of great memories from the 1976 era. I love every track on this volume, but found the production a little questionable. (geee, what happened to the start of gary wright's "dream-weaver"). A bit of a slip with the buttons in the recording studio here.

    The cd kicks off with a spot of romance; Freddy Fender's "wasted days and wasted nights", which was one of his biggest hits in Australia. The country and western sound of the Bellamy Brothers "let your love flow" comes through with a strong upbeat feel. My feet are always on the dancing floor, with Maxine Nightingale's "right back to where we started from". "Falling apart at the seams" was a modest hit in the lower reaches of the Australian Top 100 singles chart, and was performed by Marmalade. Not a bad track but tend to skip it as it tends to be a bit of a filler. The volume goes right up, when Elvin Bishop's "fooled around and fell in love" comes on, but for some weird reason, Rhino have chopped a huge part out of this track. :( :( Pratt And McClain take us back to late afternoon seventies television when they do their randition of "happy days". Henry Gross does a version of "Shannon" but find it hard to listen to, as I've grown up with the Ol' 55 version, but never the less still find this version okay to listen too. My favourite track off the album is "making our dreams come true" by Cyndi Grecco. 2UW in Sydney used to thrash this song at the time, and seems to be one of my very first memories, The Starland Vocal Band perform their one and only hit "afternoon delight", which is followed by Starbuck's "moonlight feels right". Always love playing this song on a moonlit summers night, when the moons just rising over the eastern horizon. I can still smell that barmy summer breeze, everytime I hear this song. The CD finishes off with that classic of all classics, "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" from England Dan. Though still played often on easy listening stations, I just love that easy laid back mid seventies feel, this song comes through with.

    Again another great volume in the "Have a nice day", "Super hits of the 70's" series from Rhino.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the better volumes
    Even though I'm only 22 years old but I love 1970's pop music alot better than today cause they did a better job of writing songs than they do nowadays, you probably remember the Top 10 hits like Happy Days, Dream Weaver, Afternoon Delight, Right Back Where We Started and Fooled Around and Fell in Love, boy those are great songs and too bad that they don't get timeless airplay like they used to, one of my favorites on this album are Moonlight Feels Right and the aforementioned Right Back Where We Started, if you grew up in the mid to late 1970's and want to relive your childhood days with good music, then you should buy this album and the booklet that comes with it is worth the price alone.

    Wasted Days and Wasted Nights 4/5
    Dream Weaver 5/5
    Let Your Love Flow 5/5
    Right Back Where We Started 5/5
    Falling Apart at the Seams 4/5
    Fooled Around and Fell in Love 5/5
    Happy Days 4/5
    Shannon 4/5
    Were Making Our Dreams Come True 4/5
    Afternoon Delight 5/5
    Moonlight Feels Right 5/5

    I'd Really Love to See You Tonight 4/5

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Nostalgia
    This CD is pretty good for your money's worth. It has that 'feel good nostalgia' sound, if you grew up in this era. The music is definately worth a listen to again, after all these years. This CD is a trip down memory lane and very refreshing. I enjoy replaying several tracks on it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great music The Spirit Of 76 A Classic
    This is A Well Deserved CD Loaded with a varety of all of your Favorite Classic 70's songs Including Happy And Making out Dreams come True from Watching Happy Days and Laverne And ShirlyT ues Nights Afternoon Delight is Also a Fantastic from the Starland vocal Band which Touched Everyone's Hearts in 76 And No Bad songs

    4-0 out of 5 stars Happy Days! (on the stereo, not the TV!)
    Volume 18 of the "Have a Nice Day" series has a strong country flavor, highlighted by three big cross-over hits; "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights", "Afternoon Delight" and "Let Your Love Flow." Television also exerts its influence with the themes from "Happy Days" and Laverne & Shirley (a close remake but not the original!)

    "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" and "Dream Weaver" are the MOR pop entries, but Starbuck's "Moonlight Feels Right" again reveals a country influence.

    The selections on this particular volume have an oddly pre-fabricated sound to them, which is why I give it 4 stars rather than 5. However, it's a very worthwhile collection and a worthy entry into the overall series. ... Read more


    18. Nipper's Greatest Hits - The 20's
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The twenties were great
    The music of the twenties was some of the most exciting music of the century. Jazz was being interpreted and filtered into dance and pop music for the young and middle class. Literally thousands of bands discovered that they could make a living going from town to town playing for people mad about the new dances of the charleston, the foxtrot, the bunny hop. This led to highly skilled musicians who became excellent players as a result of the long hours they spent playing and practicing. These guys and gals worked at their instruments every day for several hours a day (which is very unlike today's stars - many of who can't play any instrument or who rely on tape loops and rhythm tracks). Their livelihood depended on it.
    In 1925 electrical recording took over from the much cruder acoustic recording (where musicians needed to hover around a large horn that was attached to a needle that literally carved the vibrations into wax or another mediium. Audio fidelity took a big leap forward as sound could now be balanced better and a more realistic recording was possible. The result was an explosion in demand for new music. This music was fun, sometimes very complex and innovative, very energetic with its two step and a breakneck pace that could go as fast as 240 beats per minute (this is the speed of modern "club mix" house music!). There were also crooners, male and female, who sang torch songs with pathos and deep sentiment - even when the lyrics were mushy and silly. The USA was delirious with prosperity and possibility. Women were boldly experimenting with new freedoms in dress, manners, and morals. Men were enjoying a prolonged adolescence as large numbers went to college and enjoyed the new lifestyle of the frat boy with raccoon coats, the new invention of the cheap automobile, and an easy to learn instrument called the ukulele (which was brought over from Hawaii by American tourists and which originally came from Portugal).
    This album is a good introduction to this music. I only wish it was three albums and contained a wider survey of the great dance bands and crooners out there. Check out Ben Selvin, Ben Pollack, early Bing Crosby, Paul Whiteman, etc. There is a wealth of music form this period now available in good restored collecitons. this is cheerful, finger-snapping music. Enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 10 STARS: WE NEED MORE LIKE THIS!!!
    I was so glad when this CD came in the mail today. I love it! To be able to hear the **actual** recordings people were listening to 80 years ago is phenomenal. Sure the sound quality is not the greatest and the recordings abound with surface noise of all sorts. But that only adds to the pleasure of listening to this CD. Its just as if we were listening to the old victrola itself! (Remember, the 78's that we are familiar with hadn't even been perfected yet). Consider further that many of the recordings on this disc were made without the use of any electricity. They are all a lot nicer to listen to than most of the garbage that has come out of the record companies in the last 20-30 years.

    Hats off to RCA for releasing a collection like this. Its so wonderful to hear what popular music was like so many years ago. We need more collections like this! Maybe some with even earlier recordings!?!

    5-0 out of 5 stars vol.1-20's~Porters,et al
    Excellent this music is totally awsome. It makes my blood rush
    (...)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music
    I truly enjoyed this CD - my grandfather had most of these that he played on his Victrola. I had so many precious memories of he and I sitting on his front porch in the Ozarks and listening to this music. A 5 star rating!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the BEE'S KNEES!
    23 skidoo to the checkout button and shimmy away with this one kiddy! All the flappers are shakin their gams to this one! All you need is a speakeasy and some hooch and you'll be the bee's knees too! The opening track "Let's Misbehave" got me hooked on this CD. "Collegiate" makes a girl bob her hair and a guy grab his Racoon coat. "Charleston" will have you knocking your knees in notime. About half of the tracks are acoustical recordings (imagine that -- no electricity involved whatsoever! It's made by the impact of their voices on the record ALONE!) and the other half are "electrical" made after about 1925. I bought this when it hit the market several years ago and it remains one of my favorites. ... Read more


    19. Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 1
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    3-0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars...Hit and Miss Affair
    Before the advent of online services like imusic.com, Rhino Records was THE label for re-releasing old material. As a lifelong music junkie (I own every Top 10 song from 1963 to 1975), I bought at least twenty of their Have A Nice Day series. Not every song is a winner, but many of these songs were not--at least at the time--heavily anthologized.

    Were all of these big hits? No. But it's nice to hear Vanity Fares first hit, "Early in the Morning" (No. 12), than the overplayed "Hitchin' a Ride." "Mississippi Queen" only made it to No. 21, but the song rocks! "Come Saturday Morning" (from the movie The Sterile Cuckoo w/ Liza Minnelli) didn't fare much better at No. 17, but again it's a song you get on few other collections.

    The big hits were No. 1's like "Venus," "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)," and the million-sellers like "The Rapper" and "Arizona." One of the most enduring songs of the bunch is the one-hit-wonder "More Today Than Yesterday" by the Spiral Starecase. [Check the spelling on that one...amazon.com has it right! It is NOT staircase!]

    What would motivate anyone to buy this? Simple...nostalgia. I was a teenager when these songs hit the charts, and they all have a sentimental value to this day. My only gripe is that the playing time on these is pretty short with only twelve songs filling up less than half the disc space. [It was even worse on the cassette version when you got only 10 songs.]

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Music
    this is A Fantastic Album And really and Truly love it Including that Catchy Tune More today Than Yesterday by the spiral staircase A Song That Is So is so Lively which goes Through your Head along with The Jaggez The Rapper I wouldn't forget Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him goodbye which Is Sung at All the Sporting Events Highly Recomendable Good Clean Listening

    4-0 out of 5 stars Buy it for The Spiral Staircase & Shocking Blue
    As always with these compilations, there is dreck one has to wade through, but where else can you find Shocking Blue's kick-butt "Venus" and the Spiral Staircase's "More Today Than Yesterday" on the same disc, WITH Steam's classic high school chant "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey"?! "More Today.." is one of those exquisitely crafted, joyous pop classics one wants to play over and over until the mood sticks. What happened to these one-hit wonders? The brass and percussion arrangement is choice, too. "Venus" was defiled in the 80s by Bananarama, but the Danish group here is almost proto-punk. I'm certain this song came out in the sixties, but perhaps it had a second life in the 70s. In any event, "Venus" is classic rock'n'roll, pure pop for now people as Nick Lowe sang.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding start for a good series
    Volume 1 of the "Have a Nice Day" series showed great promise for a series that unfortunately only delivered in spotty fashion. However, this first disc is tremendous.

    The selection of music is an overview of the many disparate styles that would form the sound of the seventies. Starting with the decades first mega-hit, "NaNa HeyHey Kiss Him Goodbye", these dozen tracks cover a little bit of everything. Yes, this track and a few others here were released in late 1969, but hit their stride in the winter and spring of 1970.

    For middle-of-the-road pop, there is Vanity Fair's "Early in the Morning", the Spiral Staircase's "More Today than Yesterday" and Mark Lindsay's "Arizona." For those who prefer a softer sound, there is the Sandpiper's mellow and lovely "Come Saturday Morning" and The Flying Machine's "Smile a Little Smile for Me." Mountain gives a preview of the harder side of the decade with "Mississippi Queen" while Shocking Blue checks in with "Venus." There's even a bit of an oddity in Billy Joe Royal's only hit that wasn't squeaky clean, the transparently suggestive "Cherry Hill Park."

    As with all of the discs in this series, the mastering is magnificent and all songs are originals (some in the set could have been better edited, but that's nitpicking). Many later volumes had difficulty coming up with twelve strong entries, but not Volume 1. This is a truly excellent value; twelve tracks, twelve great songs. Highly recommended.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Shows the many different styles the 70's offered.
    The 70's was a decade that offered a variety of styes when it came to music. This collection shows that. There's the pop side with Vanity Fare, Spiral Staircase, and Billy Joe Royal. There's the heavier side with Mountain. And there is the wimpy side with the Sandpipers. This first volume sets the stage for the other volumes that follow. ... Read more


    20. Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 10
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The SuperStar of the SuperHits series!
    Volume 10 of the "Have a Nice Day" series stands head and shoulders above its compatriots and is the centerpiece of the 25 volume set.

    There are a number of unusual, difficult to find tracks on this disc, highlighted by the powerful, socially conscious "Brother Louie" by Stories and Stealers Wheel's smash hit "Stuck in the Middle With You." Other strong entries are "It Never Rains in California", "Cover of the Rolling Stone", "Wildflower", and the marvelous "Drift Away." "Jimmy Loves Mary-Ann" and "Dead Skunk" are the stinkers of this collection (sorry, couldn't resist that) and they're not all that bad.

    If you can only take one volume from this series, Volume 10 is the one. It provides an excellent microcosm of the music of the 70s; one wonderful musical memory after the other. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Despite the cheese-YOU GOTTA LOVE IT!!
    I just love every one of the Have A Nice Day series. These are great tunes (love em or hate em) that are hard to find on CD as well as any other format. Hurricane Smith's "Oh Babe, What would you Say" is worth the price of the entire CD on Vol. 10. Not to mention great songs like "Stuck In The Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel and "Cover Of The Rolling Stone" by Dr. Hook. Love these songs or hate them they sure tug on the heartstrings and bring back memories. I almost feel like I'm a kid again back in the 70s listening to my old AM radio!

    3-0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars...More Big Hits Than the Previous Volumes
    What Rhino's Have a Nice Day series does, is put together a collection not of the biggest hits by the biggest stars, but rather an eclectic collection of big (and not so big) hits by artists who for the most part had very brief careers on the charts. And with volume 10 (which focuses mostly on 1973), they continue to do a very good job.

    A noticeable difference with this volume, however, is how many of these were in fact huge hits. All but two of them cracked the Top 10. The first that did not is folk artist Loudon Wainwright's tribute to road kill, "Dead Skunk." [Though this was his lone hit, he continues to record to this day and has a legion of rabid fans--myself included. (Check out my review of his latest SO DAMN HAPPY.)] The other answers the question "What did Looking Glass do to follow up with their No. 1 hit "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)?" The answer is their No. 33 (and last) hit "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne."

    Sometimes it's better to have been just a one-hit wonder. Albert Hammond had a million-seller with "It Never Rains in Southern California," and Stealers Wheel (which included Gerry Rafferty) hit the Top 10 with the infectious "Stuck in the Middle With You." But does anyone remember either of their follow-up hits? [Answer: It was "I'm a Train" (No. 31) and "Star" (No. 29 ) respectively. ("Star" shows up on vol. 12.)]

    A couple of the one-hit wonders pulled off the ultimate by taking their only charting single all the way to No. 1. Vicki "Mama's Family" Lawrence did it with "The Night That the Lights Went Out In Georgia," as did Stories' song of interracial love "Brother Louie."

    Other one-hit wonders that seldom get anthologized are the 30s-inspired "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?," Edward Bear's heart-wrenching "Last Song," and Skylark's romantic "Wildflower." [Trivia alert: David Foster, a member of Skylark, went on to be a top producer of hits like "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" and "St. Elmo's Fire."]

    All things considered, there's a lot of memories in these songs--some you probably haven't heard since they were hits on the radio. The only reason I've never been able to give any of these a four-star rating (or higher) is the limited bang for your buck that Rhino gives you. Yeah, the smiley face CD is cute, and the liner notes are filled with trivia...but the bottom line is that you are only getting a dozen songs! With that in mind, it's simply a matter of how many memories does THIS particular batch of songs have for you?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good old Rock and Roll
    It is hard to find a bad CD in this anthology series, if you are a true fan of 70's Rock and Roll. The diversity of selections in the series is extraordinary. This volume has a number of songs that make you want to sing your heart out along with the group. The best in this category are "Cover of the Rolling Stone" by one of my favorite groups, Dr Hook, "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray, and "Oh Babe, What Would You Say?" by Hurricane Smith. But almost all the songs in this volume have their good points and I would rate 9 of them in the "I want" category. This CD is well worth the price as are most of the other CD's in this series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I wanted to rate it 4 1/2 stars
    I had been searching for a song that has been running through my mind since the 1970's. I found that song on this cd, it was Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?! This cd has IMO 7 very good songs.(1,2,3,5,7,8, and 12) It also has 3 decent songs. (6,9,10). It has one below average song, (4) and one song that I had never heard before. (11) The two biggest surprises to me were 8 and 12. I very much like both of those songs, but I didn't reconize them by song title. Drift Away goes like this Singing:: Give me the beat boys, to soothe my soul...I want to get lost in your Rock N roll and drift away.... I would also recommend vol 14 and 21 in this series and THE BABYS ANTHOLOGY with great songs like ,"Isn't it time, Back on my feet again, and Midnight Rendezvous" Everytime I think of you and Anytime is good too. If you liked John Waite in the 1980's, you should like the BABY'S as John was the lead singer of the Baby's in 1975. John's 1984 hit was Missing You. Indy :o) ... Read more


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