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1. When I Fall In Love
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This is not the typical example of an artist from another genre jumping on the crowded standards-and-ballads bandwagon. When I Fall in Love instead represents an instrumental stylist busting out of a box to find a much more suitable platform for his craft. These tracks are the fruits of an obvious labor of love for everyone from the featured musicians to the arrangers to the engineers. The arrangers, particularly Billy Childs and Gil Goldstein, give Botti's trumpet a broad-brushed orchestral backdrop that allows him to emerge from the swirling strings and bouncy horns with bold strokes of creative improvising. Some tracks are obvious nods to Gil Evans and the lush arrangements of 1970s CTI recordings. Even the guest vocalists, Sting and Paula Cole, let his trumpet sing first before their respective cues on "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets" and "What'll I Do." The only blemish here is the obvious attempt at smooth jazz airplay with Sade's "No Ordinary Love." --Mark Ruffin ... Read more


2. Songbird
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Songbird cherry-picks tracks from the three locally released albums of Eva Cassidy, whose hauntingly beautiful vocals went virtually unheard outside her native Washington, D.C., during her short 33 years with us. Lost to melanoma in 1996, Cassidy sang with an unaffected purity and an astonishing ability to make both classic and contemporary songs sound like they were written just for her. Sting's "Fields of Gold" finally lives up to its title through the alchemy of Cassidy's transcendent rendition, while other tracks on this anthology showcase her ease in the realms of pop (Christine McVie's "Songbird"), soul ("People Get Ready"), gospel ("Wade on the Water"), and traditional standards ("Autumn Leaves" and "Over the Rainbow"). Framed by understated jazz and pop arrangements, Cassidy's clear, soulful voice and exquisite phrasing make her that rarest of vocalists whose interpretations are a complement to any song. A fine introduction to a true talent. --Billy Grenier ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars from Solo Piano Publications
I usually review piano and keyboard CDs, but this album is so good and is making such a stir that I decided to throw in my two cents. One of my adult piano students gave me this CD for my birthday, and I had never heard of Eva Cassidy, so I was a little skeptical. Just goes to show that there are still new wonders to discover! Compiled from three previously-released albums, "Songbird" clearly indicates the many facets of Cassidy's voice and the incredibly natural way she was able to use it to convey such depth of emotion. From standards ("Autumn Leaves", "Over the Rainbow") to gospel ("Wade in the Water", "Wayfaring Stranger", "Oh, Had I A Golden Thread"), rock ("Fields of Gold", "Songbird", "People Get Ready"), and gorgeous ballads ("I Know You By Heart", "Time is a Healer"), she slips effortlessly from one genre to another with a voice as pure and honest as a Judy Collins or a Joan Baez. On the gospel and R&B songs, she gets down with the best of 'em! Could this really be a slender, painfully shy, white girl? And then she goes on to a simple ballad and her guitar, and the sweet-voiced folkie returns. The backing instrumentation (usually bass, guitar, and drums) is simple and fully enhances the vocals. It is such a tragedy that Eva Cassidy's life was cut short at the age of 33, but God bless Chris Biondo for recording her singing whenever he could so that her gift and talent can live on and grace us all.

5-0 out of 5 stars This really deserves six stars
This is the best voice I have ever heard. Eva Cassidy easily ranks with Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Billie Holliday in the ability to express pure emotion through voice. You probably know her story, and it is tradegy. This album is a compliation of previous recordings. Several tracks are live, and the album's producer chose to edit out the applause. You won't be able to tell the the studio from the live tracks unless you look at the CD sleeve. That's impressive. There is no bad track on this disk. Song styles range from folk to gospel to ballad...it doesn't matter what she's singing or what your musical preference is, if you HAVE a soul, her voice will hook you and reel you in. Sting's "Fields of Gold," is the first track, and it somewhat showcases her ability to make a song hers. She does this by putting her soul in her vocal. After hearing this rendition a couple of times, you'll forget that some other guy wrote this song. "People Get Ready," a popular popular cover tune, really shows the range of her voice. Man, she can belt it out. My favorite song on the album is "I know You By Heart." This is the most beautiful/sad song I have ever heard. Period. My wife has a hard time listening to this disk because it is so sad, between the power of emotion Miss Cassidy sings with in addition to her tragic demise. This collection of different genres is ultimately the blues, sung with passion only rivaled by the greats mentioned earlier. I hope she can here all of us listening to her music and have the ability to understand the depths her music is able to move its listeners.

5-0 out of 5 stars This one's a perfect ten
I believe I'm writing this more for myself than for readers who can look at five hundred previous reviews. I was so moved by Eva Cassidy's songs that I want to share my thoughts with everyone. I recieved a copy of 'Songbird' from my sister in law. I rarely prefer a second version of a familiar song so I was hesitant to even listen to this CD which included some old favorites. Then I had to take a long drive and had nothing new to listen to, so I listened to Eva. I was stunned. The music really got to me and I had not seen her or heard Eva's tragic story. I've since purchased all Eva's CDs and enjoyed each as much as the first. It is difficult to describe the impact of listening to Eva Cassidy for the first time. I doubt anyone will ever forget the experience. She is amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Just listened to "Over the Rainbow" again. Wow. That's just about as well as a mortal can do it.

5-0 out of 5 stars 6 stars out of 5.....
The beautiful, irreplaceable Eva Cassidy died at the young age of 33, leaving behind a treasury of beautiful and bluesy songs she reinvented with her beautiful voice, guided by an intuitive grace. SONGBIRD is like no album I have ever heard. It has a quiet strength, not unlike Eva herself, that sets it apart from all folk, jazz, blues and pop albums.

The first cut, "Fields of Gold," was made completely unrecognizable from Sting's original. The words took on a different meaning for me, and Eva's melancholy voice made me think of those moments of solitude in the early morning before life begins to emerge, where you can truly be alone with your thoughts in introspection. Eva also has an amazing talent for pumping even more soul into the blues, R&B, gospel and jazz songs she interprets on the album. ("Wade in the Water," "Wayfaring Stranger," "People Get Ready,")
Of course, one of the most well known tracks off of this collection is her arrangement and interpretation of "Over the Rainbow." This truly brought tears to my eyes! When I finished listening to it, the yellow brick road and Dorothy were nowhere to be found.......all I could see was Eva, surrounded by her beautiful light and energy that permeates throughout this recording.

This album will change the way you think about music. Please listen to the samples and make your call. Believe me, this will become a frequently-played part of your CD collection. ... Read more


3. At Last...The Duets Album
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4. Definitive Hits
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In an era when elaborate wordplay and adventurous production were the order of the day, Herb Alpert made an impact barely uttering a word or breaking a mold, other than expanding the commercial parameters for pop instrumentalists. Dashing trumpeter Alpert and his Tijuana Brass scored five top-20 hits between 1962 (when "The Lonely Bull" climbed to No. 11 in the U.S.) and 1968 (when the vocal-driven "This Guy's in Love with You" cracked the top 10), racking up five No. 1 albums over the same period. The group's patented "Ameriachi" sound made up in south-of-the-border sprightliness what it lacked in innovation; the likes of "Spanish Flea" and "Casino Royale" possessed the kind of unshakable hooks that fit perfectly on top-40 radio sandwiched between Nancy Sinatra and the Mamas & the Papas. This 20-track overview serves up 13 selections from the Tijuana Brass's heyday and is rounded up with seven Alpert solo selections, including comeback hits from 1979 ("Rise") and '87 ("Diamonds"). --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Where is the rest of the HA&theTB catalog?
This record is a perfect example of why I never want the 'greatest hits' all in one package. Always buy the originals if they exist, except in this case they are not so easy to find. I want one CD with that cool 60's HA&theTB sound. The 60's songs are so much fun, and they're so light, and go down so easy, and if you lived through the 60's and 70's you could not escape this stuff -- this is absolutely one from 'Dad's record collection.' But, what is that effect? In the 80's all songs were recorded from a speaker at the bottom of a well -- is this like a reverb machine with the dials all cranked to 11? Okay, Rise was a good song, and it was just the perfect thing to play as the disco was cooling off for the night. But Rise and its cousins don't fit alongside the 60's stuff.

Herb, if you're reading this, release the originals again on CD. And for the greatest hits set do a double-CD. Disk 1 with the 'TB'/60's Herb, disk 2 as 'Disco-Herb'.

4-0 out of 5 stars Did a great job at introducing Alpert's talents to me
Herb Alpert is one of those musicians that everyone has probably heard of, but not many really know when it comes to his music. Yes they have heard his pop hit with Janet Jackson "Diamonds", yes they know he is one of the brains behind A&M music, and yes they may even know an instrumental hit he had called "Rise". One reason for purchasing "Definitive Hits" was to get to know him better when it came to his music. From what I had heard, his horn playing was extremely good and I wanted to hear more. I figured purchasing a Greatest Hits collection would be a great starting point. I'm happy to report - I am very satisfied.

This CD does a great job at chronicling about 1/4 century of Herb Alpert's career - starting in 1962 and going out into 1987. The CD really covers three distinct phases of Alpert's career. The bulk of the CD (or first 13 songs), cover Herb when he was with his band, the Tijuana Brass. This really covers a period from 1962 to 1968. The second phase is Herb's "solo" period" from 1979-1982 (I assume he laid low while building A&M records in the 70s). The third phase is from the album "Keep Your Eye on Me" which was a phase in which Herb would embark on a collaborative period with established vocalist in a similar manner like Carlos Santana would do a decade later.

In Phase 1, the "Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass" period; the CD presents 13 songs that Herb did with his band - The Tijuana Brass. These songs have a very distinct Mexican feel to it and have a lot of horns. This is where you will get to know Herb Alpert's roots. The guy is one heck of a horn player. One thing that did disappoint me is that Herb wasn't a big songwriter and that his songs were all written by others. However, its Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' great instrumentation that will give all of the songs a very three dimensional effect (I'm sure the remastering really helps here). In these songs, the name of the song is very reflective to how the song sounds. So "The Lonely Bull" will give you the feel of a bullfight. Whipped Cream will remind you of "Whipped Cream", "Zorba the Greek" reminds you of "Zorba the Greek". There isn't a song title that isn't backed up and described well by the music. Really good stuff. This is a testament to Herb Alpert being one of the outstanding producers. You'll probably recognize many of the instrumentals (I'm pretty sure I heard "Spanish Flea" from some 70s game show as background music for describing prizes and sponsors)

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the Burt Bacharach/Hal David written song called "This Guy's In Love With You". In this song we hear Herb Alpert on lead vocals - and he's terrific. Herb shows he has a very powerful voice in delivering a very powerful and emotional performance on this track. My question is why doesn't he sing more often? You'll hear some horns on this song, but you'll hear less horns by the Tijuana Brass than on the other songs.

On Phase 2, there are four recordings from solo albums Herb did without the Tijuana Brass. "Route 101" is a nice song it continues the theme of the song describing the title. You'll get a feel from driving down Highway 101 in California into Tijuana Mexico. "Fandago" has more of a Tijuana Brass recording (Alpert mentions this in the liner notes as well). "Fandago" has more of a modern Latin Jazz feel. "Rise" is possibly the most well known Herb Alpert instrumental. It has more of a seductive feel than anything else I heard. In fact, back in 1979, "Rise" was heard in many discos. "Rotation" while not as strong as "Rise" is from the same album shows the modern Latin Jazz feel (again mentioned by Alpert in the Liner Notes), but you'll hear what I call "soft strokes" of Rise in certain parts.

Phase 3 includes three songs from the album "Keep Your Eye on Me". This was a 1987 album which marked a radical direction for Herb Alpert. On this album, Herb would start combining his talents with other vocalists. The most noteable is Janet Jackson on the song "Diamonds". "Diamonds" is a perfect fusion between Janet's unique vocals and Herb's unique horn playing. An underrated song is "Making Love in the Rain" which features a vocalist named Lisa Keith who really does an incredible job with the vocals. The third song is the weakest of the three - the title track from "Keep Your Eye On Me" which also features some Lisa Keith vocals. These three songs were not produced by Alpert, but were produced by R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (who also penned the 3 songs). I think it shows great maturity on Alpert's part at this point of his career to put his trust in other producers. I only wish they would have included some more songs from the album.

This album contains some good liner notes. You'll see a lot of the production credits for each album. The best part of this is that Herb himself writes a few sentences describing his feelings on the song - this is invaluable stuff. There also is a nice intro and some words from Burt Bacharach. I only wish they also included the lyrics to the vocal songs that are included on here. The songs are almost in chronological order - I'm not sure why the decision was made to put some of them slightly out of order.

This is a great collection. It helped me learn a lot more about a sensational musician in Herb Alpert and gain a full appreciation for his talents. I highly recommend this collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wake up A&M
Nice compilation for starters, but anoying limited for real fans. When will A&M finally release all his albums in remastered versions? How much would we like to have Herb's 12" versions on CD? Or his alternative versions and B-sides? An extensive box set in addition would be nice as well. Just think that these mastertapes are only collecting dust in the vaults of Universal... Could someone at A(lpert)&M(oss) wake up and take action? Your founder deserves more than one-CD-collections.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!...Box Set Next?
Because of more modern technology, this album sounds much better than his previous hit collections such as "The 25th Anniversary: volume 1 & 2. Thus, this is the best single-disc collection containing the majority of his hits as a solo or with the Tijuana Brass Band. The next logical step would be a 4 or 5 CD box set containing ALL hit chart entries, rarities, unreleased material, b-sides, and live tracks. Herb Alpert deserves box set treatment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Herb Alpert is Wonderful!
Although I can understand some of the other customer reviews which mentioned that this CD didn't include all of Herb Alpert's greatest songs, bur he has had sooooo many great songs it would probably be pretty hard to put them all on one disc. Therefore, with that in mind, I would like to say that this CD was pretty good. It covers his music from the beginning of his career in the 60's to more current songs from the 90's. Although Herb's newer stuff is pretty good, I was glad to see that this CD stayed true by putting most of his older hits on there. Herb Alpert is a very enjoyable artist to listen to. This is a great CD to check out! ... Read more


5. Pure
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The man who made R&B safe for smooth-jazz saxophonists has another possible Soul Train award winner featuring slick vocal excursions by Debi Nova and Dwele. There's also a real groove-a-thon with Bilal titled "Better with Time" that, like the lyrics state, is like an old soul record. Keyboards also stand out among these 10 tracks. Joe Sample delivers one of his patented short piano solos on the aptly titled "Stone Groove," and while Billy Preston's organ and Bobby Lyle's piano are not out front on "You Don't Have to Go Home," the aural picture they frame for the artist is masterful. James, who produced this album, has developed into a very solid contemporary jazz composer, adding spicy horn arrangements throughout that really showcase his growth in that area--particularly on "Here She Comes," which has an Incognito horn-section vibe to it. It all adds up to James's most rewarding album since 1998's Sweet Thing. --Mark Ruffin ... Read more


6. Thousand Kisses Deep
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4-0 out of 5 stars Young man with a horn
A very nice introduction to Chris Botti for those who haven't yet discovered his music. "Indian Summer" is currently in heavy rotation on CD 101.9 FM, a local light-jazz station. The CD features worthy covers of "My Funny Valentine" and "The Look of Love". I met Chris a few years ago at a BLUE Nights show (Bruford-Levin), which is recommended if you like music with a rough edge. A pleasant, versatile and true artist who deserves your attention.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a warm, beautiful trumpet kind of thing...
"Like déjà vu all over again!" The famous intonation of Baseball Hall of Famer "Yogi" Berra humorously popped into my mind after my first listen to "A Thousand Kisses Deep." Some musing on my part, and everything started to fall into place. I didn't really set out to analyze this album; I just intended to appreciate it. And, the bottom line...if ever there was a trumpeter who could make a vintage horn sound like a million bucks it's Chris Botti because he is VERY GOOD indeed.

The trumpet appearing with Chris on the cover photo of this release is a rare 1940 Martin "Hand Craft" Committee trumpet that just happens to be the very model played by Miles Davis and Chet Baker. In Botti's own words, Davis and Baker are his heroes. Evidently, it helps to have heroes you look up to and emulate, and, on this CD, it would appear that Chris has strived to go above and beyond his heroes with a melodically sure-footed attack that sparkles and reflects pure musical genius.

Upon hearing the beautiful tone that Chris elicits from his instrument, whether open or muted, the listener will experience a mood that is at once warm and romantic, brooding and melancholy. This is just one way the trumpet can be played in a solo or lead role. It's not someone else's style so much as it's Botti style. The tunes "Ever Since We Met", a song showcasing a very mellow vocal by Bridget Benenate, and "If I Could", featuring a simply excellent organ underpinning by Jim Cox, are two of the most notable offerings on this CD and together they represent the ultimate in Chris's chill out music and are worth every second of indulgence.

"My Funny Valentine", a song that is oft done in jazz circles, seems to be dedicated to the influence of Baker and Davis, and it's beautifully executed with just the piano accompaniment of Billy Childs. Botti seems to be saying to his idols, "Listen; this is just a little thank you for your influence in my life."

Pick up this CD, enjoy "A Thousand Kisses Deep," and "if you come to a fork in the road, take it." All the best of life to you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Next generation of Chet Baker
I've been collecting his albums since 3 years ago....and i've never regret it...every albums that he released, it just getting better,better....specially this album...track numbers 4 & 5...he re-arranged BURT's "the look of love",u want regret it ...this cd is A MUST HAVE

4-0 out of 5 stars Smooth out your day/mid/night/twilight/starlight
First of all, I take issue with the poster who says "this isn't jazz, this is easy-listening, pottery barn, wallpaper store background music for posers who pretend to know what jazz is." I don't think anyone REALLY believes that Dave Koz is in the same genre as Theolonius Monk. This is smooth jazz, not jazz, and anyone who knows what they're talking about knows that smooth jazz does not claim to be the same as jazz. That's as ridiculous as trying to say, for instance, that Bonnie Raitt (soft rock) tries to be in the same genre as Aerosmith (rock) just because the genres both have the word "rock" in them.

That aside, Chris Botti has his own sound within the smooth jazz genre. There aren't jumpy R&B influences turned sideways like there are in other SJ artists (i.e. Koz, Sommers, Lorber, etc.) Instead, there's very subtle influences from new age/electronica (subtle, I repeat -- you're not going to hear another full-fledged Enigma or Delerium) that make Chris Botti is the epitome of smooth, with music that flows gently from your speakers to your ears. I'd even say he could pass as a chillout artist (or at least as much as Praful.)

Chris Botti has made another CD that serves his audiences well. There are no tracks as stellar as "Through an Open Window" from Night Sessions, but those only come by once in awhile anyway. What is important is that there are no tracks that are painful to the ears, and you have a long set of solid tunes suitable for any time of day.

The major difference from his previous work is that this one seems to rely a bit more on production. Now, I have no problem with production. If the talent is there (which it is here, obviously) then the production will make what's good sound even better. The first single "Indian Summer," is a perfect example of this.

However, if talent is lacking then production cannot fix everything no matter how hard it tries. Take, for instance, "The Look of Love" featuring Chantal Kreviazuk on vocals. If you listen to any of her solo songs, you'll agree that Kreviazuk has one of the worst voices in all of the music industry. Why they chose her to do vocals is not certain. Still, the production team does a remarkable job at subduing her voice just enough so that it sounds decent -- though if you pay close attention you can still hear the cracks in her voice. But, Botti is good as ever on trumpet in the song.

The other minor criticism I have is that the excellent tracks don't flow together as well as they could. Kudos for not putting "The Last Three Minutes" at the end (that would have been trite) but they could have bumped it up a few places and then moved some of the more laid-back tracks like "Back Into My Heart" to near the end. "Indian Summer" doesn't accurately divide up the CD at track one -- it would be better placed second or third.

If you liked Botti's previous work, especially "Night Sessions," then this will not disappoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nearly flawless atmosphere music
I debated over 4 or 5 stars. I landed at 5 simply because this is the most listenable cd's I have purchased in a long time. This will receive alot of airplay by me, and that makes it a great value.

Musically, Botti is a charmer. He sets an upbeat mood with songs that are quietly complex. If you focus on listening, Botti provides intricate layers to keep the ear interested. If played while working or doing other things, the cd sets a pleasant and smooth mood.

bravo---I am on my third listen of the day... ... Read more


7. South Of The Border
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1964’s South Of The Border peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts, and showed Herb’s magic touch on some of the era’s most popular hits. Covers of Jobim’s "The Girl From Ipanema" and The Beatles’ "All My Loving" were set alongside Spanish love songs.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Reissue!
I just received the newly remastered South of the Border, complete with great liner notes and, well, this is just impressive. While Going Places is still my personal favorite, South of the Border nearly equals it. Just listen to the fantastic craftsmanship that went into the making of this album. There isn't a bad song here. The Brass just roll effortlessly through each song. Wow! Thanks to Herb for releasing this unbelievable album all those years ago...and to everyone involved in producing this great reissue. Well done!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection!!
From a long list of great albums that I listened to as a kid, remember the smile that was on your face when you first heard "Up Cherry Street"? Or "Mexican Shuffle"? And what about the wanting to be a horn player just like Herb? Anyone who likes the TJB wanted to play a horn, and "Numero Cinco" pretty much sealed our fates!! These just get better with each passing year don't they?

5-0 out of 5 stars STILL HAS THE PUNCH FROM WHEN FIRST RELEASED
I am so pleased that Shout! Factory is working with Herb Alpert to put out his classic TJB recordings finally onto CD.I know some have been previously released on A&M CD when the CD boom began and not properly remastered.I never got those releases, and have been living mostly on "Definitive Hits".When the LPs were released when I was 5, if I was lucky to get one, it was a mono copy.I haven't heard most of the TJB recordings in stereo.

SOUTH OF THE BORDER, being one of my personal favorites includes an album track called "Numero Cinco" that I've always liked.Not sure if this was a Mono track thingie when first released, but before the music started, there was a spoken introduction to the song in Spanish that is not on the CD here.However, the stereo remastering of the song breathes brilliant new life into one of my favorite pieces.

The entire SOUTH OF THE BORDER album, liner notes, and Herb's comments, have brought this 60s gem into a brilliant lusture for a new century.It's meant for those who loved it when it was new, and introducing another generation of music lovers to some great latin-style instrumental pop.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic music still exquisite after 40 years
I bought this Shout reissue CD to replace my worn A&M CD which in turned replaced the LP I bought in the mid-60's.After 40 years, this music is just as fresh as ever.I am very appreciative for Shout reissuing these albums on CD.

It's disappointing to see ratings here that are not based on the merit of the music, but rather on the marketing or even worse demerits based upon the other Tijuana Brass releases.This CD is better than 95% of anything offered on Amazon and that certainly deserves 5 stars despite whatever trivial complaints the MBA types are whining about.

5-0 out of 5 stars At least, South Of The Border!!!!!!
Since I was a kid, I used to enjoy this incredible TBJ album, now the amazing Herb Alpert is making a "special colectible edition" of their greatest album in the "Brass Era".

"South Of The Border" is a very powerful album in which the trumpet master and his merry men makes a astonishing stuff with latin music and anglo-sajonian style. Not only from mexican roots (in which Alpert said "don't like mariachis, just the mariachis trumpet fanfarre"), this album for me is the very beginning in the Tijuana Brass sound.

Another great albums as the first "Lonely Bull", "Vol. 2" (sorry to say, buy this nice album is not gonna see the light as like the others), "whipped cream" and the rest have the trademark of the Herb Alpert's music, but this South is completely unique. All their themes have their own characters, starting with "South of the Border" and finishing with "Adios mi corazon" (just say goodbye sweetheart) very propertly put on.

Very shining sound, very well mastered and as like a remembrance for all the TJB fans, "Girl from Ipanema" sounds fantastic and if isn't like another versions from different artists, this bossa nova style puts its signature deep inside. "All my loving" is a pretty cool Beatles tribute, "Salud, dinero y amor" and "Numero cinco" makes heavy punches in the "modern Mariachi" as they printed in the original back-cover art from the LP and re-issued in the CD booklet.

More soft and romantic? Just hear "I've grown accustomed to her face" or the funny-steppers as like "Up Cherry Street" (thanks for your inspiration be in somewhere you are Julius) and "Mexican Shuffle" (Sol Lake, is a real Sun Lago composer).

And no matter to say, Herb Alpert thanks a lot for giving us (all of your loyal fans) the opportunity for having your real lost treasures: all your albums. If you sometime can read this, I hope you will more and more, please, don't miss "Coney Island", "Bullish" and your solo albums "Herb with Hugh Masekela (the Skookian album)" and "Fandango". This works must be inmortalized on CD. ... Read more


8. The Very Best of Chris Botti
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5-0 out of 5 stars Chris Botti Rocks!!!
Chris Botti is amazing!! I saw him in concert and his album is nearly as fabulous!! A must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Botti Sampler
Want to take Chris Botti out for a test drive? This is some of his best up to the point of issue. He's recently changed labels and producing some excellent new stuff. Entertaining introduction to one of jazz's brightest new stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music from a Gentleman Musician
I first heard Chris Botti live at a free concert he gave at a shopping mall. I immediately recognized his sound from his work on various Sting albums. The music is simply beautiful.

But the thing that stayed in my mind and which prompted me to get this album is Chris himself. He's a real class act. When he was thanking his band and the audience, etc. at the end of his performance, he said a special "Thank You" to the parents in the audience who take their kids to their music leasons. I had never heard a musician say such a thing. Here's a talent who clearly appreciated his own parents taking him to his lessons, and he has the grace to thank all those parents who give their kids the gift of music. Such humbleness marks a great spirit.

So, while I really like his music and this album, I keep going back to the warm feeling I got from Botti's words of gratitude.

4-0 out of 5 stars Smooth Jazz with Substance - Plenty of Botti for your Buck
Chris Botti is a talented trumpeter who has recorded with some of the most celebrated stars in pop music history, such as Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and most recently, Sting. This album contains some of the best tracks off his first three solo albums which display his light and melancholy smooth jazz sound. But Botti's sound is deeper than most contemporary, popular smooth jazz - his sound has a substance that takes it beyond Muzak, and will be admired by fans of classic jazz artists, such as Miles Davis and Chet Baker.

The selections contained on this disc are fairly representative of Botti's first three albums, with the 1997's Midnight Without You having five of its ten songs reproduced here, and three songs each from his 1995 record, First Wish, and 1999's Slowing Down the World. It does not contain any rarities or otherwise previously unreleased tracks.

Also, Sting fans should note that "In the Wee Small Hours" containing Sting's vocals is not included on this disc. If you're an interested Sting fan, you should get 1999's Slowing Down the World.

Each of Botti's individual discs, including his later work (Night Sessions), are worth hearing. But for a budget-minded music fan, this may be all you truly need. At this price, it gives you plenty of Botti for your Buck. ... Read more


9. Lost Treasures
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The debut entry in a 2005 series that sees the reissue, repackaging and remastering of the entire Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass catalog, Lost Treasures collects 22 tracks that were either never released or available on obscure, unsuccessful albums. Compiled by Alpert who contributes fascinating liner notes and overdubbed a few horn parts that hadn’t been preserved through the decades, this is not only a labor of love, but a remarkably cohesive hour-long listening experience. It is also far from a haphazard collection of throwaway material. All of these tunes are finished and would have comfortably slotted on one of Alpert's dozen or so 1960s releases. Modified versions of standards such as "Tennessee Waltz" and often radically rearranged pop hits of the day from James Taylor, The Beatles and Gilbert O'Sullivan comprise the majority of the disc. Alpert also plunges into the fertile Bacharach/David songbook that yielded a number one hit with "This Guy's in Love With You." The aborted followup single of "Close to You" that appears here, was handed over to the Carpenters. Throughout, the Brass' sunny, south of the border jazz-pop retains its innocent, upbeat, bright-eyed appeal. The lack of specific personnel or recording dates doesn't detract from this surprisingly successful collection of "leftovers" that ultimately stacks up as one of Alpert’s most diverse and enjoyable albums. --Hal Horowitz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars At long last, a new Tijuana Brass album!
A fixture on the music scene in the '60s, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass racked up many hits, and many fans along the way.Those of us who've remained loyal have been rewarded with this new LOST TEASURES album, a wonderful album of new material from the legendary Tijuana Brass.

The songs are leftovers and half-finished recordings from Herb and the boys way back when, newly finished off by Herb with some new trumpet parts and remastering by Bernie Grundman.Some are well-known tunes like Spanky and Our Gang's "Lazy Day" and the Burt Bacharach classic "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", while others are unfamiliar songs by Herb himself, longtime sidemen Julius Wechter and John Pisano, and label-mate Cat Stevens.

Completist fans will recognize five of the tunes as having been released before on a less-than-successful '70s album called YOU SMILE - THE SONG BEGINS.Two other tracks had come out before on lesser-known singles, but that still leaves fifteen wonderful "new" songs by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.

Since getting this album back in February, I've scarecely had it out of my CD player!

5-0 out of 5 stars Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass Rules!!!!!!!
Is a fact, but is the true. Herb Alpert surprises us (all his fans worldwide) with these very "rare" musical joys.

I was thinking, in which place of earty were hiding these fantastic themes? Really I always had in my mind Herb Alpert will hit us with magnificent lost treasures, and nobody can deny this 'cause track by track all of them are treasures.

The first step, I've heard "Up Cherry Street" (a Julius Wechter masterpiece) for first instance in the South Of The Border LP in the earlies 70's (the original LP was made in 1962 but in my country I've discovered it for a closer friends of my family, maybe was 1973 and I remember they give me this LP as like a gift, now is a rare treasure), but again I've heard the modern "jazz" version in the "Your Smile, The Song Begins" with modern changes but remaining the Trumpet sounds in the Alpert's trademark.

Another four in this CD are includes that were recorded in the "Your Smile..." and are "I Can't go on living babe, without you", "Promises, Promises", "Alone Again (naturally)" and the incredible "I Might Frighten Her Away" (just for me, this song pays all the CD), but all those tracks have some arrangements that are not included in "Your Smile..." album, in "Up Cherry Street" the trumpet makes a "duo" in first instance. Herb maybe "overdoubbed" some tracks in their process, I don't know, but the results are great.

And another songs very popular are "And I love Her", "(They long to be) close to you", "Raindrops are falling on my head", "Popcorn", "Whistlestar", "Fire and rain", but always with the unique Alpert's touch, nothing similar with the originals, nothing about "clones" or "just likes", TJB only as they are!!!

Bravo Herb, You and the people from Shout! Factory give the real gift for all the TJB fans: your lost (and very succesful) tresures.

4-0 out of 5 stars Found Treasures!
It's amazing how Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass albums have become so scarce despite their enormous popularity during the 60's. With this disc there are several songs out for the first time, as well as several songs from Alpert's "comeback" album You Smile - The Song Begins (albeit with new trumpet lines). For the most part this is some fun music to hear. Alpert takes the dreary James Taylor tune "Fire And Rain" and kicks it up with samba rhythms and a jazzy muted trumpet, and he gets to play again with the late Julius Wechter on "Julius And Me". One of the highlights is the jazzy "Happy Hour", which is one of the truer TJB sounds. The highlight is Cat Stevens' "Whistlestar", written exclusively for Alpert. It is interesting to hear Herb's version of "Close To You", which was supposed to have followed his #1 hit "This Guy's In Love With You", but he shelved it and gave it to the Carpenters instead. Still, few people would have done "Close To You" as Alpert did. There are a couple of clunkers here, particularly a drab version of the Beatles' "And I Love Her" and the ever-irritating "Popcorn", which has a great groove, but the song just never goes anywhere. Still, this is a fun collection that any TJB fan will enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, New Material by Tijuana Brass
There are numerous reasons that make this cd such a gem. One, it is always great when Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass's music appears on compact disk. Another reason is, some haven't heard a new Tijuana Brass song in over 40 years. And during the 80's and 90's, when one waited for the latest Alpert release, though rather an enjoyable listen, they lacked the color and emotion, and nostalgea of the earlier Tijuana Brass recordings.

Some might say, if these tunes weren't good enough to make the cut then, why would they be now. Some might say, "just give me some new Tijuana Brass music." Clearly the main reasons these songs didn't appear on the albums that were being released when the tracks here were recorded, were that there wasn't enough room, or they just didn't fit with the theme of the album. Well now, this disk is the perfect place for them.

This disk may take a little getting used to. But after a few listens, it grows on you so much! The bossa nova rhythm takes over the majority of the songs on this release, but songs as "Happy Hour, Julius And Me, Tenesse Waltz," and "Flowers On The Wall," clearly resemble their classic 1960's sound.

Great listens include, Whistlestar, Popcorn, and Close To You, which are all excellent, by the way. And several additional takes of TJB tunes that appeard on the You Smile The Song Begins album in 1975, that include Up Cherry Street, I Can't Go On Livin' Without You, and Alone Again Naturally.

Besides the music, which is top notch, the release comes with a full page booklet of rare photos and literature by Herb, with many stories behind the music, and why you are hearing the tracks you are hearing on the "Rare And Unreleased," album.

This release kicked off the re-issue of all the Tijuana Brass albums from 1962-1975. Many fans who are hearing new Tijuana Brass material for the first time in over 40 years are especially in heaven with this release, and new comers to Alpert, will enjoy the music on this disk, though it won't have the same meaning to a fan from the beginning.

This was a good job by Shout Records. They have made many peoples' dreams complete with this rare and stellar release! Good job, Shout!

Happy Listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT THERE WAS MORE?
Learning about material "in the vaults" by other artists over the years since the CD boom, why would I think Herb Alpert and the TJB would be any different?To my delight and I'm sure other TJB fans, this complete brand-new collection of vault material is an absolute treat.Granted, some is not the greatest, but it all isn't half bad!When hearing the original released material and finding a familiar song in the TJB style, and not seeing the track name, I always played a guessing game with "I know that one, but what is it?"Definitely did that here with FIRE AND RAIN, finally figuring out it as a take on the James Taylor classic.Also with POPCORN and ALONE AGAIN, NATURALLY.

With the rest of the TJB catalog coming out on Shout! Factory, I hope the label keeps up the fabulous work they've already started.Excellent booklet material, history & comments from Herb himself.Sound is incredible, as most of my original albums were Mono.Several surprises I'm sure are to come, as WHIPPED CREAM & OTHER DELIGHTS follows on April 19, with some bonus tracks.

Granted, for the other two releases accompanying LOST TREASURES, those of us from the 60s remember the Teaberry Gum commercial, but who remembers the actual Teaberry Shuffle dance?Later albums will feature music used on game shows of that era as well, particularly the original "Dating Game".

Enjoy!Lost Treasures is worth the investment. ... Read more


10. The Lonely Bull
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The album that started the Herb Alpert phenomenon!

Originally released in 1962, The Lonely Bull was not only Herb Alpert’s musical debut, but the first album released on A&M Records. "After experiencing my first bullfight in Tijuana, Mexico," Alpert recalls, "I was inspired to find a way to musically express what I felt while watching the wild responses of the crowd, and hearing the brass musicians introducing each new event with rousing fanfare."

The excitement translated, and The Lonely Bull was a stunning success. The title track hit the Billboard Top 10, as did the LP, which peaked at #10 and remained on the album chart for three years. The disc also includes the perennial stadium favorite "Never On Sunday," and the intricate, bossa nova-inflected "Desafinado." The cover, featuring Alpert toasting with a tequila glass, began a run of memorable TJB covers—including the groundbreaking and unforgettable one featuring a barely covered model immortalized on the Whipped Cream & Other Delights.

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1-0 out of 5 stars An opportunity missed.
When this release first was announced, I hastened to put it on my "want" list.I supposed that this re-release would put to rights the mistakes of the past -- instead, it simply repeated those mistakes (albeit in what seems to be superior sound).

By "mistakes" I am referring to the continued use of the false "stereo" version of "The Lonely Bull" (as well as approximately one-half the remaining selections on the album).Allow me to add some perspective.When "The Lonely Bull" first was released, it achieved hit status on the strength of airplay exposure; very quickly, it was released in both 45rpm single format, and then on the eponymous LP.But, those releases were monaural, not stereo.In fact, "The Lonely Bull", its "B" side, and a few other tracks never were originally recorded in stereo (shades of Martin Denny's original recording of "Quiet Village").

"The Lonely Bull" became a hit, and put A&M Records on the map, as a monaural recording. Only after it achieved hit status did Herb Albert and the A&M team decide to produce a "stereo" version.With "The Lonely Bull", "El Lobo" and other selections, this was achieved by re-recording the original mono mix in one channel, while adding new instrumental tracks (trumpet, mainly) in the other channel.The result is odd (some might call it "quaint"), and not at all faithful to the original.

Playing this CD in mono (right- and left-channels summed) does not recreate the sound of the original, mono mix, since there is some phase cancellation.

Unless you absolutely must have a copy of "The Lonely Bull", skip this reissue.We can hope that, at some future date, A&M itself will reissue the original mono recording in its single-channel (and unadulterated) glory: it is worth hearing, and upon hearing it, you immediately will understand why the recording -- the single, the album -- was so successful.

1-0 out of 5 stars I'd rate this album zero if possible
I looked forward to this album but on playing it the so called "remastering" is TERRIBLE and is such a distraction that the CD makes no musical sense, certainly nothing like the original album that I had and remember.. Too bad modern tech can't make things as this better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good CD. Lousy packaging.
The Lonely Bull is sort of proto-TJB. Yes, I know the title track started the phenomenon, but their best stuff was yet to come. Still this is a very enjoyable album, nicely remastered for CD.

Too bad it comes in one of those crummy cardboard boxes. Is it too much to ask for a decent box for a CD? Every time you open the box the book falls out, and it's impossible to remove/replace the CD with one hand. A normal CD case works--this doesn't.

5-0 out of 5 stars TOO LONG GONE & GLAD IT IS BACK
In 1962, I was four years old.I wasn't so much into music until after I was 5 or 6.However, after I had heard Herb Alpert & the TJB do "Taste Of Honey", I was completely hooked.Was able to have some 45s bought for me, but my friends had the albums.I may have started with "Whipped Cream and Other Delights", but I did backtrack to Lonely Bull.

I remember having only Mono albums, as our equipment was mono...very few stereo records for what was a pretty cheap stereo that my parents had.I had even worse until I was a teenager, so I got Mono records.I did not hear these albums in stereo at all until another friend from Vegas played me some of his TJB previous CD issues.These few came and went so fast, I never was able to obtain them, and have lived off "Definite Hits" since its release.After the first play of LONELY BULL in beautifully remastered stereo, my wait is over and my favorite intrumental group of all time is BACK with a vengence.

I do agree to an extent with other reviewers where the mono mix and stereo mix versions could have been incorporated.However, not knowing if the public in this day and age will totally jump at having this fantastic music would generate that kind of issue now.This album and SOUTH OF THE BORDER give us a blast from the past, and adding the brand-new LOST TREASURES CD album by itself gives us a taste of what was left in the vaults.If these releases really kick sales-wise, I would think Shout! Factory may go back and combine the Mono and Stereo versions together in "Special Editions" or a box set.

LONELY BULL with SOUTH OF THE BORDER and LOST TREASURES offer a great introduction in this new century to some of the greatest instrumentals recorded in the latter part of the last century.
WHIPPED CREAM comes April 19 with bonus tracks, and more to follow.However, I don't see Volume 2 noted anywhere in the information included with the Booklet.Great liner notes and informational history provided, with comments from Herb, as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Crude stereo mix my only complaint
In the era of the Beatles and Beach Boys, my very first ever LP purchse was Going Places.I began backfilling so that The Lonely Bull was my second LP ever.The music on this album has stayed fresh for over forty years.My only complaint is the crude stereo mix which is especially distracting on The Lonely Bull Track.It's not enough of a deficiency to prevent rating this CD as a classic five-star.

I purchased this Shout reissue CD to replace the worn A&M that I purchased years ago.For whatever reason, the only A&M CD's I was ever able to find are the same reissue titles currently available from Shout.I hope their plan for the complete library does not go awry. ... Read more


11. Classical Wedding
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you , Thank you , Thank you
This CD is wonderful, I found all the music for my wedding right here, and it sounds just like I wanted it to. I certainly recomend this to any bride looking for classy, beautiful music for thier wedding!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great CD for Your Wedding
My husband and I had a small elegant wedding (immediate family only). We wanted "classy" classical music for our ceremony. There were so many great songs on this CD that we had trouble choosing which ones to use! We settled on #1 (Hornpipe from the Water Music) and #16 (the traditional Wedding March). One would have thought the church was filled with a world-famous orchestra. I don't think anyone could go wrong with this CD if you want to use prerecorded classical music at your wedding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Outdoor Weddings
I had my wedding outside, in a large gazebo, but did not have
the funds to hire a musican to play traditional wedding songs at my ceremony. I also wanted the traditional "Here Comes The Bride" with out worring how it would sound for certain instruments. 'Classical Wedding' was WONDERFUL alternative and made my outdoor garden wedding spectacular!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Trumpet
The trumpeter on this recording is Gary Armstrong. He is incorrectly listed as Gray Armstrong. Thank you.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great CD!
Reviewer: A music fan from Hartford CT
This CD was very helpful for our classical ceremony music.
I really like the musicians and the sound.
For the reception I used the CD "New Wedding Traditions Volume I" (from amazon.com) That CD had meaningful songs for our family and friends like "A Song For My Daughter" for my father bride-dance, "A Song For My Son" for the mother-groom dance,"A Wedding Thank You" for our bridal party and "To Our Family and Friends" for everyone.
I am very happy with both of these CDs because they gave me all the special wedding music I needed.
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12. Songs from a Secret Garden
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Picture a square with Clannad, pianist David Lanz, Mannheim Steamroller, and the musicians of Riverdance at its corners. Somewhere within those stylistic borders you will encounter the European duo Secret Garden. The popular twosome--Irish violinist Fionnuala (fi-NOO-la) Sherry and Norwegian pianist/keyboardist Rolf Lovland--have attracted a sizable following with their heart-touching specialty: a wistful, violin-rooted, pop-folk-classical melange that often strikes the ear as a film score in search of some delicate romantic tale. Songs from a Secret Garden is the duo's debut recording from 1995, and it principally offers a series of pensive dialogues between Sherry's stately violin and Lovland's subdued piano, yielding equal measures of sweetness and melancholy. Whistles, pipes, percussion, strings, and ethereal voices serve as embellishments. At times you may sense you're being serenaded by strolling musicians with a heavy sentimental streak; at other times you may feel genuinely moved--perhaps by something as lovely as the reverential "Sigma" and its sublime, Gregorian-like choral passages. Only one uptempo tune, "The Rap," surfaces here; a few others would have been welcomed. And yes, this is the disc where you will find "Heartstrings," the composition that once smote Barbra Streisand's heart. She eventually acquired the rights to the piece, inserted lyrics, renamed it "I've Dreamed of You" (found on A Love Like Ours), and sang it to James Brolin during the couple's 1998 wedding.--Terry Wood ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A relaxing, soulful journey through your own secret garden..
I first heard "Songs from a Secret Garden" playing in a music store eight years ago, and I was entranced from the very first note. The music was a blend of classical, Celtic and Norwegian, a stunning combination of piano, violin, orchestra and voice. It was unlike anything I'd ever heard before: deeply moving, relaxing, meditative, a journey to a secret garden, perfect music for reflection on a rainy day.

Secret Garden is made up of Norwegian composer Rolf Lovland on piano and Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry. They have since released four other CDs: "White Stones," "Dawn of a New Century," "Dreamcatcher" (a best-of compilation taken from the first three releases), and "Once in a Red Moon," but for me "Songs from a Secret Garden" remains their masterpiece. It is by turns gentle, romantic, melancholy, playful and joyous. There is a Celtic element on some of the songs ("Sigma," with an Irish-language chorus and a boy soprano, "The Rap,"), but it is not as marked as their later releases, which to me sound like Riverdance imitations and have lost all of the "Secret Garden" magic for me. "Nocturne" features the stunning vocals of Gunnhild Tvinnereim, and this was the song that first catapulted Secret Garden to fame (it won the 1995 Eurovision song contest for Norway). My other favourite songs from the collection are "Songs from a Secret Garden" and "Sigma."

(I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of the sheet music to "Songs from a Secret Garden" and I play selections from it every day. The foreword is in English and Norwegian, and there are additional notes by Rolf regarding performance tips and inspirations behind the songs. If you play piano, this is a worthy investment for a Secret Garden fan. The collection features all thirteen songs from "Songs from a Secret Garden" and is available at their official website at www.secretgarden.no)

This is still a very popular album even though it was released in 1994: it is one of BMG Music Club's top-selling classical CDs, Barbara Streisand did a cover of "Heartstrings" for her wedding, adding lyrics and renaming it "I've Dreamed of You," and some of my favourite places in Québec City use "Songs from a Secret Garden" as background music (Aux Anciens Canadiens, 34 Rue Saint-Louis, Domaine Steinbach, 2205, chemin Royal
Saint-Pierre de l'Île d'Orléans).

This is the only CD I reach for after a long day. The stress just melts away and my spirits are lifted instantly. "Songs from a Secret Garden" is perfect for anyone seeking a quiet moment in their lives, a moment to reflect, dream, love, and explore their own secret garden.

5-0 out of 5 stars One word: Beautiful
I first heard of Secret Garden when I tuned into the New Age station on the TV, and fell in love instantly with their music and went out to buy one of their CDs.

Songs From a Secret Garden will enchant your soul and mystify your mind with the awesome collection of touching and beautiful songs. The overall of the CD is very mournful, almost, but gives your heart something to think about. 'Ode to Simplicity' is my favorite song on the album; I could not stop listening to it. The other songs on this CD are wonderful to listen to as well, especially 'Nocturne' and track 7. (the title slips my mind at this moment.)

If you like to listen to Enya's music then you will definitely like this group. New Age fans will adore this CD and this group.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's no "Secret" that this is a wonderful album.
Most may call this new age, but celtic and even classical might apply too. It reminds me alot of Loreena McKennitts "Book Of Secrets", and also a little of "Enya/Clannad". Some tracks are instrumentals, and those that are not include the most angelic vocals. "Fionnuala Sherry" also plays violin just as well as she sings. Overall it's a very peaceful release from "Secret Garden", and a perfect album to end your day with, or maybe even start it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks For The Introduction To Mehdi
I've always enjoyed Secret Garden and this album is no exception, but while reading some of the customer recommendations posted on this page I discovered an artist by the name of Mehdi (pronounced meddie). After some investigation I found his site (SoothingMusic.Com) and listened to the samples...I also downloaded some of the free MP3 downloads that are available on Amazon.com.
I was instantly blown away by the quality of this music and so I gave it a try and now that I have listened to his CDs several times I really must say that although I'm still a Secret Garden fan I find Mehdi to be a tad more interesting. I have them both in my multi-disc CD player and love the way they compliment each other. I highly recommend that you give this artist a try or atleast just go listen to the samples, I have a feeling you'll be glad you did.

5-0 out of 5 stars MidWest Review
I was given this CD as gift and I shall be eternally grateful.
Never have I been so spellbound with music before as I was upon hearing the beautiful music and voice that burst forth from my player.
Each song filled my home with peace and unseen beauty, almost as if each note played had a life of its own. Mysterious, yet peaceful I sat and let this wonderous music sooth my soul.
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13. Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By
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Lovage is the supergroup of Mike Patton (Faith No More),Nathaniel Merriweather (Handsome Boy Modeling School),Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields) & Kid Koala. Guestsinclude Damon Albarn, Africa Bambaata & Maseo (De La Soul)Chest Rockwell. Produced by Dan The Automator. Available on CD & 2LP from 75 Ark Entertainment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, but just dive in and you'll love it.
On this recording, Nakamura combines his hip-hop sensabilities with a lush-jazz orchestration that sounds like something out of Burt Bacharach or Serge Gainsbourg. Jennifer Charles' sexy sigh of a voice is the perfect complement for this sort of thing: she invests the songs with an over-the-top sensuality which is by turns hilarious and alluring. Mike Patton does a great job too- the Mr. Bungle frontman wisely restrains his voice to a seductive whisper on most of the tracks, and if he occasionally digs in and reminds the audience of his past experience (notably on 'Pit Stop'), that only adds to the music's superb sense of irony. Did I mention irony? The head over heels lushness of the music aside, there are bizarre sketches strewn throughout the album: excersises in sound collage which feature "well known sexperts" (to quote the liner notes) appearing to rant incoherently about socks or shilling for nonexistant cocktail mixers. What makes this recording a must-have, to my mind, is that despite the dripping irony the music is always catchy, often touching and sometimes downright compelling. Another reviewer questioned whether this album was a joke or not- a fair question. I think the stellar musicians involved with the project from top to bottom decided to have it both ways, and succeeded remarkably well.

5-0 out of 5 stars You just can't go wrong w/ Patton......
Buy this album, now. Definitely one of the year's best by far. The mix of musical styles is brilliant, genius. The Automator proves once again that he is one of the most diverse musicians around. Mike Patton can sing anything and sound good, his vocal style is just amazing. He has range like no other! Everything he gets involved with is brilliant. The duets between him and Jennifer Charles are beautiful, seductive, funny and best of all straight raunchy sex. This album has got the chill groove down pat. I don't think that there is one bad track on the album. Excellent guest musicians, genius music you can't go wrong with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection
The Most AMazing Cd I have EVER HEARD ... ive had it in my disc changer for 3 years now and havent taken it out once ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Really funny, Mike Patton's great, and music good
This is actually a really good album. Not just a novelty. I bought it because of Mike Patton, which there's not a whole lot of. Mike is great, the music is good, and there's lots of great comedy. It's definitely something that would be fun to listen to with other people. I haven't tried it, but it might also be good to make love to your old lady by.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grrrr, baby, very grrrr
This album starts well and gets better as it goes. Patton & Jennifer Charles blend voices beautifully to create a sexy vibe. "Pit Stop" is among the best of this CD. Kid Koala shines on the track "Everybody Has A Summer." His scratching is smooth and makes this track worthwhile. The live show was incredible and the disc is amazing. A must have! ... Read more


14. Eden (US Release - 16 tracks)
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In this follow-up to the smashing success of her 1997 CD Time to Say Goodbye, Sarah Brightman continues down the primrose crossover path, blithely gliding from covers of Hooverphonic (the title track) and Kansas ("Dust in the Wind") to Puccini and film scores (Titanic and The English Patient). Sometimes, as in "Anytime, Anywhere," the crossover happens within the same song--in this case welding a rhythm track to the somber harmonies of Albinoni's "Adagio."But there's nary a stylistic speed bump to jolt her listeners, as Brightman focuses her tiny, seraphic voice like a beam of light on each melody.The result, bless her heart, may be the invention of a whole new form of kitsch.Like plastic surgery, Brightman's years of specialized vocal training have helped refine her ability to float confidently well-rounded, sparkling tones in her upper range. These have a Dresden china-like, touching fragility in such songs as "So Many Things" and are well-suited to the gauzily romantic (and overproduced) gloss of the string-heavy arrangements that predominate.Eden also introduces Brightman as songwriter ("In Paradisum," with its mix of sitar and modal chant) and features a bonus track unavailable on the album's European-released version ("The Last Words You Said"). --Thomas May ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful CD's I've ever listened to.
There comes a time, once maybe every 5 years or so, an artist creates an album where every song is perfectly performed, perfectly sung. To change even the slightest detail...the slightest note, would be the worst thing that could happen to this album. I've listened to this CD over & over and become more impressed with it every time. This album, Sarah Brightman's Eden, is the epitomy of what beautiful music should be. Her voice is flawless, almost angelic. She especially stands out in the album's opening. In Paradisium opens this album with Sarah Brightman beautifully, emotionally, grabbing the heart of the listener from the get-go. It does not let up there! It's a shame this CD had to end, but you can always press play once again! My favorites are Scene D'Amour, Dust in the Wind, Il Lio Cuore, and the title track, Eden. Thank you Sarah Brightman, for showing us what beautiful music is once again!! Don't miss this one! If you have this CD, you already know, if you don't, please don't go another day without hearing it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sarah Is Still Shining Bright!
I love this CD! I listen to it all the time, and I couldn't live without it!
1. In Paradisum is a great beginning to this CD and works as a wonderful introduction.
2. Eden, the title track is classic Sarah! The lyrics are slightly confusing but the song is great!
3. So Many Things is not one of my favorites. It's a little slow, but Sarah's voice is gorgeous!
4. Any time, Anywhere- What can I say? This is my favorite Sarah song ever! (I actually got hooked on Sarah when I heard this song on TV used as part of a figure skating show.)
5. Bailero is a great song- I think Sarah's ability to sing in sooo many different languages is marvelous. Her CD La Luna is incredibly multilingual...
6. Dust In The Wind is a beautiful, beautiful song. My dad thought that Sarah ruined this song and showed me the original version (by Kansas? Chicago? I get all these place name bands mixed up-) and anyway who let those guys record? Sarah does a much better job!!!
7. Il Mio Cuore Va is lovely and delicate, and I can't get enough of it as the English version is one of my favorite songs ever.
8. Deliver Me is a different sort of song for Sarah and not what she usually does, but she does it well and it's fun to sing with.
9. Un Jour Il Viendra- I must confess that I cannot remember this song! So sorry!
10. Nella Fantasia- a gorgeous song! Incidentally, if you like it, there's a guy named Russell Watson or something like that who does a great version of it too.
11. Tu is a fun song. I wish I knew what the lyrics meant.
12. Lascia Chi'o Pianga is the only song that I am slightly disappointed in. Charlotte Church's version is much better.
13. Only An Ocean Away- I love to sing with this song, it is soo romantic!
14. Scene D'Amour- Another song I discovered watching a skating show, although at the time I did not know the artist was Sarah, I just liked the song!
15. Nessun Dorma is the best classical piece ever written and Sarah does it full justice. You must hear Vanessa Mae's violin version!
16. The Last Words You Said is a very pretty, haunting song, although I think the lyrics are rather depressing...
Well, that's my opinion- Hopefully you will buy this CD and find out for yourself what a great singer Sarah is!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Amazon.com review here is almost just right!
Yes, the angelic and fragile voice of Ms. Brightman is one of a kind, and she's doing contemporary music a great service by recording some really fine, unique tunes, in a new pop/classical hybrid. To call her sound "kitsch" is surely an unfair criticism, since Sarah and her collaborators have recorded some of the finest pop CD's ever, and she is especially good, considering the huge amount of true junk is out there. This album does not have the drive and orchestral brilliance of the earlier "Time to Say Goodbye", but is still a near-masterpiece. Listen to "Dust in the Wind", a very underrated pop masterpiece, redone here by Sarah. Indeed, though not perfect, it's tough to find anyone around today with such a high quality of finely done tunes as the divine Sarah!

3-0 out of 5 stars This COULD have been a great album!
I am surprised that so many have given this album such positive reviews because it has one fatal flaw: the synthesizer mucking up about half the tracks.

Whatever in God's name possessed her, or her producers, to put that godawful synthesizer throughout the album. Here we have these great orchestral backgrounds, only to be mucked up by a cheesy sounding synthesizer.

I love her selection of songs, I love her voice, but I only wish she'd stop trying to be "hip" (although synthesizer sounds went out years ago, except for some New Agey crap) and just do some straightforward musical arrangements using traditional arrangements, with real drum tracks, not drum machines! (Actually I'm not sure they are drum machines, but if they aren't they sure tried to make them sound like they are!)

So anyway, I hope her forthcoming albums continue in the same vein of pop mixed with classical sounds, but without the synthesizer which only cheapens the overall sound quality!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Sarah Album Overall
Eden has something for everyone. It has the more pop songs done with that special Sarah twist of lyrical melody. The Cd also has operatic tracks that don't sound as if any effort was put into singing them at all. From the rythmic "Anytime, Anywhere" to the powerful "Nessun Dorma", Eden is one of the best Cd's I have ever owned. The truth is you either like Sarah or you don't, and this album gives you a very good reason to like her. ... Read more


15. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66'!!!!!!!!!
Brasil 66' is much better than Sergio's solo albums. The group payed their debts to brasilian artists such as Carlos Jobim and other Brasilian artists, while hitting the charts and going pop. Sadly, there is only about five or six good Brasil 66' albums, among them are Herb Alpert Presents, Equinox, Look Around and Fool On a Hill, but you can still be a Brasil 66' nut! This cd collects 12 of their greatest tracks like, Mascquenada(?), Look Around, Pretty World, and Look Of Love, and is very fun to listen to. Don't be fooled, only albums that say BRASIL 66'on them are good. Not just Sergio Mendes or Brasil 77' or 86'. Although, there is a Sergio Mendes Trio, leaning more towards jazz, is good. This cd is definetly, of high regard. Buy iT!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
Of the 12 tracks on this CD, I've rated all but three as five stars. I've rated those three "bad" tracks as merely four stars. This is a wonderful album

1. Mais Que Nada -- 5 stars
2. Scarborough Fair -- 5 stars
3. With a Little Help from My Friends -- 5 stars
4. Like a Lover -- 4 stars
5. Look of Love -- 5 stars
6. Night and Day -- 5 stars
7. Fool on the Hill -- 4 stars
8. Going Out of My Head -- 4 stars
9. Look Around -- 5 stars
10. So Many Stars -- 5 stars
11. Day Tripper -- 5 stars
12. Pretty World -- 5 stars

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 favorite CD's
This is one of the first albums I bought, after graduating high school and moving into my first apartment. I danced around that apt, in my newfound freedom, to the most uplifting and fun music! I usually had it on as I was getting ready to go out-Mais Que Nada is a song that begs a party. I just recently bought the CD (I lost my record collection years ago after many, many moves) and I love the memories it evokes. The sounds are as fresh and fun as when I bought the album way back in 1977. This copy isn't getting misplaced!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Journey To A Warm, Sweet Place
It's rare to find an album that can transport you through time and space, to be able to take you from where you are and drop you in the tropics decades ago, and make you delighted you arrived.

Sergio Mendes is a contemporary of Antonio Carlos Jobim, one of the greats from the Latin Jazz scene, Burt Bacharach, the legendary pop composer, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as well as singer/songwriter Paul Simon. Mendes was clever enough to use what he knew was good material (Cole Porter? Ok. That's not bad!) and got his group, headed by the beautiful voice of lead singer Lani Hall, and put the Brasil flavor on these familiar songs, completely reinventing them in a way that sounds fresh and exciting, even today!

Besides the group's signature song sung in Portuguese, "Mais Que Nada" (now very familiar to anyone who has seen the "Austin Powers" films), there are several songs written and co-written by Mendes, and the arrangements are top notch. They don't make records like this anymore.

I feel that the only notable imperfection in this album is the track order. When this collection first appeared on vinyl (!), the songs were stacked differently, and to my mind more correctly. But at least they're all here! Beatle fans, Bacharach fans, and Jazz fans will certainly embrace this disc. It is truly the easiest of "Easy Listening" music, and will make you think twice about that term being a pejorative!

Highly Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars As clean as a summer breeze
These are beautiful songs. Arrangements, performance, production are superb. Lani Hall is a vocalist like no other. These tracks are as fresh as the day they were made, ... Read more


16. 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


17. Amore Musica
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Over 2 million albums sold in the UK since the release of "The Voice" in 2000. Undoubtedly the most romantic, passionate and personal musical offering from Russell to date. ... Read more


18. Ultimate Kenny G
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great music to relax to
I not going to get into the 'jazz musician or not' debate. I like Kenny G and the way he makes music. I don't care if other people approve of him or not. I like the way he plays and the Kenny G sound. That's all that counts for me. This CD gets a lot of play time on my way home from work. Very relaxing music and the music just flows so smooth. If you like Kenny G, I think you will like this CD

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly, The Ultimate Kenny G!!
This reviewer is guilty of a hideous crime. I will admit that I am a huge fan of Classic Rock, Progressive Rock and Electronic Music. However, I'm about to come out of the closet-I am a huge Kenny G fan too!! Since the release of his breakthrough 1986 album "Duotones", I've bought every album he has released and have been following his career ever since.
The recently released compilation "Ultimate Kenny G" truly lives up to its title. Basically, it's an updated version of the 1997 "Greatest Hits" CD only with a stronger song selection. His trademark ballads "Songbird", "Silhouette", "Forever in Love" and "The Moment" are all included here as well as tracks from his last studio album "Paradise" and his 1999 tribute to the standards "Classics in the Key of G".
Also included are three rare tracks including the brand new song "Everlasting" plus "Jasmine Flower" which had only been previously available on the Japanese version of "The Moment" and his version of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" which had only been available as a free giveaway single with the initial pressings of the "Greatest Hits" CD.
To top things off, no Kenny G collection would be ultimate without his trademark duets. Included in this collection are his pop duets "By The Time This Night Is Over" with Peabo Bryson, "We've Saved The Best For Last" with Smokey Robinson, "One More Time" with Chante Moore and his take on Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" complete with Armstrong's original vocal track.
Truly, this is The Ultimate Kenny G. So what if his music is lightweight. If people didn't like it, he wouldn't be selling millions of records. His music has found a special place in many lives including this reviewer. Whether you're a closet Kenny G fan or an outspoken diehard, "The Ultimate Kenny G" is the most complete definitive up-to-date collection by this brilliant saxophonist and king of background noise.

1-0 out of 5 stars Jazz for the Musically Impaired
In 1999 I went to a wedding and the best man forgot to bring his CD collection. My cousin had a Kenny G CD in his car, so this is what played for 3 hours during the reception. After that incident 5 years ago I learned how obnoxious an instrumental album could be. The sound of this little bleating sax sounds like an electic kazoo. Whats even more irritating is that it sounds as though this guy (I think its a guy) never takes a breath! I think he uses an air compressor in the studio to play this thing. We hear a series of notes that NEVER lets up! This is jazz? This is a CD to cringe to. Musically sterile, totally uncreative and irritating to listen to. Kenny G is all hype and promotion with little more talent than a high school band player.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks For The Introduction To Mehdi
I've always enjoyed Kenny G and this album is no exception, but while reading some of the customer recommendations posted on this page I discovered an artist by the name of Mehdi (pronounced meddie). After some investigation I found his site (SoothingMusic.Com) and listened to the samples...I also downloaded some of the free MP3 downloads that are available on Amazon.com.
I was instantly blown away by the quality of this music and so I gave it a try and now that I have listened to his CDs several times I really must say that although I'm still a Kenny G fan I find Mehdi to be a tad more interesting. I have them both in my multi-disc CD player and love the way they compliment each other. I highly recommend that you give this artist a try or atleast just go listen to the samples, I have a feeling you'll be glad you did.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stuff Cheese Up His Sax
Kenny G is an insult to jazz and saxaphonists everywhere. This CD will make you want to cover your ears and escape the grating sounds of his amateurish playing.

A friend of mine dubbed Forever in Love "The Salad Song" because it is played at every wedding while people are eating their salads. More than one person has drowned in the Russian dressing while this song is playing!

Kenny G is to the saxaphone what Michael Bolton is to the human voice: irritating, untalented, ugly!

And what about his hair? Does he think he is a 19th century schoolgirl? Dump this one in the river. ... Read more


19. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
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Sarah Brightman's career was launched by her success in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, so it's no surprise to hear the soprano paying homage to the composer on this disc. Really a Brightman best-of, the album includes the Phantom theme (a duet with Michael Crawford), the light-opera fare of "Chanson D'enfance" from Aspects of Love, "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from Evita, and numerous other Lloyd Webber classics. Throughout, Brightman's diminutive voice lends a fragility to these musical theater tunes that you'll either love or despise. On Evita's "Another Suitcase, Another Hall" and Cats' "Memory," she literally chirps through the vocal lines. No matter. The growing legion of Brightman fans wouldn't have it any other way. --Jason Verlinde ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars She's still happily married to his music
Sarah Brightman and Andrew Lloyd Webber are no longer married to each other, but as I stated above, she's still happily married to his music. I was raised during the Rodgers & Hammerstein era nd it took me time to grow to apprciate Webber's influence on musical drama. Sarah Brightman's performances of Webber's music has been instrumental in my tastes maturing with the development of Broadway musical plays. No matter how often I listen to them, "Phantom of the Opera", "All I Ask of You", "Music of the Night", "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina", "Memory", all remain fresh while the less familiar works become more precious with repeat listening. Also outstanding is the theme song Webber wrote for the Barcelona games and sung by Sarah and Jose Carreras, "Amigos Por Siempre". And don't overlook the devout rendition of "Pie Jesus", a duet with Paul Miles-Kingston, from "Requiem". Other notable voices on the CD are: Michael Crawford, Cliff Richard, and Sir John Gielgud.

There are those who might not like this CD which is one of my favorites, but the only people I would advise not to buy this are those who just don't like the modern theater music as represented by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

4-0 out of 5 stars Spotty "Collection"
Not many people have a musical written around their voice, but that's what Andrew Lloyd Webber did for ex-wife Sarah Brightman, by creating the classic "Phantom of the Opera" musical. And in "The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection," Brightman sings various songs from Webber's works -- some mesh with her voice, and some don't.

It starts off on a strong note with the gothic "The Phantom Of The Opera," a duet with Michael Crawford. Following that is the ethereal "Unexpected Song," the rich but forgettable "Chanson D'Enfance," and the enchanting "All I Ask Of You," a duet with Cliff Richards. Following a few dud songs are the warm "Love Changes Everything," the Latin-tinged "Amigos Para Siempre (Friends For Life)" with Jose Carreras, and the entertaining duet with John Gielgud, "Gus the Theatre Cat."

Brightman starts to falter with "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," and "Memory." Her voice sounds restricted and uneasy, and at times her crystalline vocals sound shrill. "Maclivity: The Mystery Cat" is perhaps the lowest point of "Collection," with Brightman sounding completely weird. But the album rises again with the gently melancholy "Tell Me on a Sunday," soaring "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," and finishing up with the majestic "Music of the Night."

Certain voices are best suited for certain songs, and Brightman's vocals are clearly suited for songs from "Phantom of the Opera" and "Aspects of Love." Some of the songs sound astounding and heartfelt, but some of them just sound strange coming in her rich soprano.

Brightman's voice is given a good range -- she can sing in a little high girlish voice, soar like an operatic diva, or just sound sweet. At her best, Brightman can give you goosebumps. In many of the songs, she emotes subtlely, as if she really feels the heartbreak, joy and fear behind the songs. But when her voice is poorly used, as in the "Evita" songs, she just sounds confused.

The selection itself can't be faulted -- there's stuff from "Cats," "Phantom," "Evita," and other Webber musicals. And Webber's writing is just beautiful, simple and heartfelt: "In all your fantasies/You always knew/That man and mystery/ Were both in you..."

Sarah Brightman is not in top form in the "Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection," but in several songs she is simply astounding. Flawed but definitely worth checking out.

4-0 out of 5 stars How ALW Should be
This is a very good compilation of ALW songs. Sarah Brightman is a very good vocalist. Her voice can be shrill sometimes, but the good dominates the bad. The songs are very good choice for a CD. What ALW album would be complete without songs from "Phantom"? Some of the songs are featured on every tribute and compilation album, but there are some hard to find ones. ALW is a very good composer of Popular songs, but they dont seem to work well in his shows. This is the ultimate way to experience him at his best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifull Singing
Her rendition of Chanson D'Enfance is wonderfull.
While her version of Don't Cry for me Argentina lacks the bite necessary to listen to it in the context of the play, it is much better as a stand alone song than the original version with Elaine Paige. Sarah sings the song rather than the part.
Her delivery of Another Suitcase in Another Hall is just incredible. I can accept the reduction in the marimba part just for her delivery of the opening to each verse. That song alone is worth the money.
Otherwise it is quite good. The only song that I feel is anything but strong would be her rendition of Memory.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dim Brightman
I don't get it and I never will. I first saw Brightman as Christine Daae in ALW's "The Phantom of the Opera," in April, 1988. Her voice was both shrill and weak back then and nothing has changed. Don't Cry for Me Argentina and Unexpected Song are the only two songs she can tackle other than Phantom obviously. Otherwise, you'll find yourself skipping through ALW's beautiful work to find something that won't blow your ear drums. Mem'ry is a disaster of epic proportions and should NEVER have been recorded.

I have followed Brightman's career since April of 1988 and fail to understand her popularity. There is nothing unique or spectucular about her voice. Case closed. ... Read more


20. Tuxicity
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Asin: B00008RH8V
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 2259
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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GET DOWN WITH THE DICKNESS!

America's loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese is back in black tie with "TUXICITY," an all-new CD featuring kooky lounge-style covers of rock hits. With his swingin' Lounge Against The Machine band, the finger-snapping, liquor-lapping, night-capping crooner turns a round of rock songs into traditional pop vocal standards.

Yes, it's the perfect mix of music, martini, and madcap as Dick delivers shaken and stirring Vegas versions of popular hits like "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot, "She Hates Me" by Puddle Of Mudd, "Chop Suey" by System Of A Down, "Shake Ya Ass" by Mystikal, and "Hot For Teacher" by Van Halen. From The White Stripes to White Zombie, from Linkin Park to Cypress Hill, from Guns 'N Roses to Britney Spears, "TUXICITY" is a "fromage homage" to the biggest names in music. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Richard Cheese Rocked Lake Tahoe
I happened to be wandering through Caesar's Palace Hotel-Casino in South Lake Tahoe (Stateline, NV) in 2004 when I heard some really swinging music coming from the Stone Street Bar and Grill. I had never heard of Richard Cheese, but now realize that with TV appearances (including Leno), RC has a cult following. The great thing about his music is that it is swing with a sense of humor. It pokes fun at the overly-serious and heavy handed sound and lyrics of modern rock music-- by doing the tunes in the exact opposite manner than the artist intended. It creates a fun-loving mood, and musically, the band and Mr. Cheese's voice are very enjoyable.

Some time ago, the squeaky-clean Pat Boone came out with an album "In a Metal Mood" that was meant to be a joke-- on it he swung Ozzy Ozbourne's Crazy Train, and that became the theme song to the TV show "The Osbournes." Richard Cheese expands this concept.

5-0 out of 5 stars I guess I 'get' it...
But the arrangements are so dead-on perfect, and the voice is a pleasure to listen to; so if your sound is out-of-style,have fun with it. Put-on, maybe, but definitely not fake.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'M DOWN WITH THE DICKNESS
After catching Dick and the boys at the 2001 HFSmas Nutcracker, I went right out and picked up their first CD (having just heard most of it live). I then got this CD when it was originally released only through the website. It is an excellent follow-up full of more jazzed up covers from a wide range of sources. Cuts 1-19 (F.Y.I. - track 11 is just live stage patter) are followed by a brief radio station ID cut (unlisted track 20), 7 "clean" versions, and a hidden 28th track that contains the most hilarious rant I've ever heard. Also, be sure to pick up the new LATM CD, I'd Like A Virgin, next week. See you at the lounge.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!
This album is a must have for any avid music fan. This CD is BRILLIANT. Really fun at parties!

5-0 out of 5 stars So wrong it's right.
Words cannot do this album justice. It's strange to hear lounge versions of modern songs, but after the strangeness (and hilarity) wears off, the songs grow on you and a couple aren't too bad to groove to. Until you've heard the lounge version of "Shake Ya *ss" by Mystikal, you haven't really lived. Mr. Cheese is the Poet Laureate of the our generation. Even if you don't care for lounge music, you've absolutely got to hear the talented Mr. Cheese's covers. I highly recommend this album. ... Read more


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