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1. Spamalot (2005 Original Broadway Cast)
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As gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as the beloved British comedy troupe and their 1975 cinematic savaging of the Arthurian legend that inspired it, this adaptation ofMonty Python and the Holy Grail by MP's Eric Idle and longtime musical co-conspirator John Du Prez has much more on its feverish agenda than merely trashing King Arthur and firmly upending his Round Table. The film's plot remains largely intact, but its core songs ("Knights of the Round Table," "Brave Sir Robin") and comic thrust have been both expanded and satirically redirected, a musical comedy shotgun that takes dizzy aim at pop culture in general, and Broadway in particular. After typically Pythonesque distractions that somehow find us in "Finland..," stars David Hyde-Pierce, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria and company get busy conjuring the Lady of the Lake with the unlikely help of "Laker Girls..," while cast members Sara Ramirez and Christopher Sieber deliciously skewer contemporary Broadway cliches via the loopy showstopper "The Song That Goes Like This," a tune whose reprise also deliciously sends up every overwrought stage diva from Merman to Minelli. Idle has shrewdly ripped off--well, interpolated--Life of Brian's "Always Look On the Bright Side" for the new show, and even a snatch of "The Lumberjack Song" in "He Is Not Dead Yet." "You Won't Succeed on Broadway" reveals the frankly Semitic secret to stage success, and the French get can-canned on "Run Away!" Meanwhile, our bravest knight is de-closeted on the Manilow-mauling "His Name is Lancelot" before the familiar sound of clomping coconut shells brings down the curtain on the season's goofiest if satirically dead-on comic delight. --Jerry McCulley

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4-0 out of 5 stars The review that goes like this
Once in every Amazon.com page there comes a review like this. It starts out with an intro and ends up with...um...an ending?

Anyway, "Spamalot" is an outstanding musical, complete with amazing singing, wonderful orchestration, and hilarious farce. My favorite songs are "The Song that Goes Like This" and "Diva's Lament." The former is a love song about singing love songs. I'm not sure that the Lady of the Lake and Galahad are in love, but they sure know how to sing love songs, and to tell the audience how to do it. In the latter (Diva's Lament), the Lady of the Lake has not been onstage since the first act, and she is not at all pleased about it. Another great one is the Laker Girls' Cheer. The Lady of the Lake's handmaidens suddenly turn into cheerleaders to welcome Galahad to King Arthur's army.

Purists who expect an exact retelling of the movie may be a bit disappointed, as several plot points have been changed. For example, it has been "politically corrected." As far as I can tell, references to God have been replaced by the Lady of the Lake. Considering the nature of the references to God in the movie, I'm OK with that. Instead of searching for the literal Holy Grail as they do in the movie, the grail has turned into a metaphor for the thing that each character wants the most and is seeking to find (thus removing references to Jesus).

Also, the ending has been changed. Since I don't want to spoil the suspense, I won't tell what happens, but I was happy about that. The movie, though great, is so anticlimactic.

My biggest problem with the musical is that two characters turn out to be gay, which is not at all in keeping with the legend. (But then, when has Monty Python stayed true to legend?)

Overall, I think this is a great musical, and it will be enjoyed for years to come.

"I can't believe there's more. It's far too long, I'm sure. That's the thing about this [review]. It goes on and on and on...

The [review] always ends like this!"

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the show that goes like this
I bought this CD the day it came out and I wish it had come out sooner! This is a wonderful Broadway Score!! Eric Idle certainly has given the Python fans and the Broadway fans something to share. It has some of the catchiest music I have heard in along time. I'm acutally listening to it right now.
From the opening (Tuning) it starts out with a laugh. Then we move into the overture and Historian's Introduction to Act 1. That track sets the tone for the entire show. You know you are in for a laugh. I really admire people that can write songs like this. I wish I was that talented.
Now to the music istelf. My favorite track on this CD is "The Diva's Lament (Whatever Happened To My Part)." This really struck a cord with me because, being in theater, I know people like this. I can actually picture them singing this song and being serious about it. Especially the line "Call my agent dammit!" Then she complains about it again in "TWice In Every Show." I really enjoy shows that take the time to make fun of themselves and have a good time doing it. Like Urinetown. Some other songs of honorable mention are "The Song That Goes Like This," "Find Your Grail," "You Won't Succeed on Broadway" and "His Name Is Lancelot." These are humorous songs that (to me) really sell the show. It was also nice to see them use some of the Python songs. "Knights of the Round Table," "Brave Sir Robin," "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" and "Finland." Of course some of the lyrics have been changed and others have been added, but they make the songs better in my opinion.
As for the performers... all do a great job. I LOVE Sarah Ramirez. That woman can belt a song. I truly hope she wins a Tony Award. As for the male cast, I was surprised at David Hyde Pierce. It was nice to see him cut loose and act crazy. Chris Seiber does very weel in his songs, especially The Song That Goes like This. I'd love to sing that song. Tim Curry is good, but sometimes I feel he overplays it a bit. I know this is comedy (and I might change my view when I actually see the show in June) but he really overdoes it on some of his songs. Hank Azaria doesn't do much solo singing but what he does do is great. He was quoted once saying that he was cast in the show for his voices and not his singing and dancing. Well, we shall see when the Tony Awards are announced.
All in all this is a great CD to add to your collection. It has comedy, great music and a great cast. Don't pass it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Broadway show, as only Monty Python can make it
I saw this musical at The Shurbert Theater in Chicago. At I never laughed so hard at a show period. It combined the chaos of Python with the production values of Broadway. I think it cost more to make the musical than it did in the orginal movie in 1974. Anyway, it was treat because it was the most star studded show I had ever to date. Not including seeing Sally Ringwald in When Met Sally, and David Hasseloff in Chicago, both in London. This show starred Tim Curry as Graham Chapman's role of King Arthur. When he first stepped on stage the theater erupted. So did I, because I always admired Curry. He had an amazing performance which I excepted him to do. Since he was great in Rocky Horror Picture Show. He was well perpard to off the wall crazy. Another star was David Hyde Pierce, Miles of the great show Frasier. He played "Brave" Sir Robin, Eric Idles part, who also wrote the musical. He was also incredible including one number called You Won't Succeed On Broadway(If You Don't Have Any Jew) He did a whole number just spoofing Jewish Musicals. Including Fiddler On The Roof where did the bottle dance, which got him an ovation. The next big name was Hank Azaria. He does like half the voices on the Simpsons. He could definatly do this show, where he played Sir Lancelot, and the French Taunter. Played orginally of course by John Cleese. One note about the show was that Cleese was the voice of God. I'm surprised he wasn't credited. Oh well. THe most amazing thing about the show was that the supporting cast could keep up with the big three and many times stole scenes from them. One BIG example of that was Sarah Ramirez. OMG!!!!! She was commanding and was the typical Broadway diva, which was her all around character, but she played the Lady Of The Lake, The Witch and The Cow!! They gave the cow that the French threw at the knights had its own song! Other great performers like Christopher Sieber,(who played Sir Galahad) Micheal Mcgrath(Patsy) Steve Rosen(Sir Bedevere) and Christian Borle( who for the record was the singing clerk in Thats On E-bay commerical. The songs were great. Of course they took the "Knights OF The Round Table" song. But they also included the " Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, and Hole OF The Universe from different movies. They include most of the famous scenes from the movie. THe black knight, which got an ovation. THe killer rabit, Prince Herbert. The knights that say Nie. The show was amazing the alubm is too. But if you want the full experiance, you might want to see the show.

5-0 out of 5 stars ...AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
Take it from a Monty Python fan who's planning a New York trip around this production, this is a must have for an self-respecting Pythonier. This album features the current and original Broadway cast of the new musical (opened March 17, 2005) basedon the infamous "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."Python member Eric Idle co-produces, lovingly ripping off moments and songs from the original. Although there are more than enough new material to make up for such indiscretions, like the inclusion of Life of Brian's "Bright Side of Life."In fact, any fear of redundancy is squished as if by a big Flying Circus foot, when stars like David Hyde-Pierce, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria lend their talents and voices to giving a fresh face to this much revered material. And speaking of fresh faces, with the introduction of the Lady of the Lake, played by Sara Ramirez, who is only referenced briefly in the movie, Spamalot achieves new levels of Broadway satire. For example, Ramirez is featured in the hilarious "The Song That Goes Like This," and "Whatever Happened To My Part?" a shot atstage and divas in general.
Tim Curry (of Rocky Horror and the recent CD readings of the Lemony Snicket series) sounds terrific, his voice is better now than ever.While this is no substitute for see the production, I think, along with all of its links (like the historian's intros) the albumn creates a great feel for the stage show's energy.So Runnn Awwway to buy this CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL ENTERAINING CAST ALBUM
I just purchased the cast album of Spamalot. Unfortinatly I haven't seen the play, but judging by the cast album it must be a very entertaining musical. I haven't enjoyed a cast album like this in a long time. I've played it over and over and I enjoy it more every time I play it. It's fun, tuneful, and the cast is just wonderful. I guess if you see the play you can actually come out humming songs, especially Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. Listening to this song, it's like having Jerry Herman back on broadway. I highy recommend this CD. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

Did you folks know I wear a top hat?

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

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

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

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

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


3. Abbey Road
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The Beatles' last days as a band were as productive as any major pop phenomenon that was about to split. After recording the ragged-but-right Let It Be, the group held on for this ambitious effort, an album that was to become their best-selling. Though all four contribute to the first side's writing, John Lennon's hard-rocking, "Come Together" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" make the strongest impression. A series of song fragments edited together in suite form dominates side two; its portentous, touching, official close ("Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End") is nicely undercut, in typical Beatles fashion, by Paul McCartney's cheeky "Her Majesty," which follows. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Abbey Road
...By the time 1969 rolled around the Beatles were in ruins. Their previous effort involved extreme experimentation on each band member's part, and the band began to drift apart. The project earlier that year that was supposed to bring them back together only made things worse. For their next album, the band wanted to bring back record producer George Martin, but he said he'd only produce if every band member was in the studio, just like the good old days. The band accepted, and the band began recording Abbey Road, what would ultimately be their final recording as a fully-functional unit.

Once again, we get an album of mostly Lennon/McCartney material. Harrison contributes two songs, and Starkey one. Come Together kicks off the album. Basically it's a mid-tempo rocker with various words thrown together that make no sense. I Am The Walrus showed us that the band could achieve enormous success doing this, and here they do it again! Track two is the first of George's songs to appear here - Something. This is a very melodic ballad with some of the finest guitar playing in rock and roll history. As another review stated, Frank Sinatra once called this "the greatest romance song of all time." Number three is another of the band's "joke" songs, Maxwell's Silver Hammer. It's a very "happy" song, despite its content about a boy murdering two college professors and a judge. Most people don't think too highly of the joke songs, but I think this is the band's best one. Oh Darling comes next, and here the band was going for a "fifties" sound. They pull it off nicely. The next track featured here is Ringo's only featured song here. Basically it's a cheerful tune about living under the sea, almost a children's song. Despite that comment, this track is nothing short of excellent. George's second track featured on this album is the acoustic ballad, Here Comes The Sun. This is a GREAT track, arguably the finest one he ever released with the band. You Never Give Me Your Money kicks off the B-Side of the album, which contains several tracks that fade into one another. I like to call them the "Abbey Road Medley." This is a a track that starts with a slow and melodic sound, but soon becomes a rocker that is very true to the band's style. It fades into Sun King, a very weird song featuring passages in various languages. Don't worry, it's not NEARLY as weird as Revolution 9. Soon enough, it fades into Mean Mr. Mustard. Despite the fact that the track is about a mean old man, it's one of the band's most cheerful songs. It fades into a song about the title character's sister, Polythene Pam. Here the band delivers an excellent fast and frantic rocker about a woman who is "so good looking but she looks like a man." Does that make any sense at all? Oh well, it doesn't matter. The song itself is very good. It fades into yet another track, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window. This is a very basic rocker, but it's an excellent one nonetheless. Eventually we reach The End (that's the name of a track.) This one kicks off with an awesome instrumental session, and soon enough becomes a brief melodic session you can't help but love. The final track is the often overlooked Her Majesty. It's just a short (twenty-three seconds) song about the queen. It's not the masterpiece the rest of the album is, but it's still a good song. Abbey Road is one of the greatest rock albums of all time, period. If you like rock and roll and you don't own this album, you're contradicting yourself.

EPILOGUE: Following the release of this album, the band finally split up, and each member went onto a solo career. Just after they split up, the Let It Be album was finally released. John Lennon proved to be an excellent solo musician, and even co-wrote a song entitled Fame for David Bowie. Sadly, he was assassinated in December of 1980 by a deranged fan. Rest in peace, John. Likewise, George Harrison obtained enormous success in his solo career. His first release as a solo artist, All Things Must Pass, demonstrated this well. He continued releasing excellent songs, and even played on Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down. Sadly, an illness clamed his life in late November of 2001. Ringo Starr also became a successful solo artist, and recently put together his All-Starr band. He still tours. Likewise, Paul McCartney ALSO became a successful solo artist, and he still tours. The Beatles may be long gone, but their spirit will always live on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest album ever made
Abbey Road is quite simply the strongest album ever made. Side one kicks off with "Come Together" which is a mean little romp through Lennon's perspective on his own life, and quickly leads into a beautiful love song by George, "Something." This song leaves you thinking that even though this guy's madly in love, something's just not wuite right in the relationship. Next come two fun tunes, "Octopus's Garden" and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (only the Beatles could pull off either of these songs sucessfully) split by McCartney's vocal tour de force "Oh Darling." A guitar jam follows (I Want You) and leaves your adreneline pupmed for what is to follow. Side two is a roller coaster ride of textures, melodies and jams woven together in a magical tapestry with hints of themes sticking with you just barely. When you think you've got hold of one song you're on to another. You can listen to this CD in the worst of moods and when you're done you'll be in a good mood. I promise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The BEST BEATLES ALBUM
I was 11 when this album came out, and have loved it since. The Fab four were rockin' on all cylinders when they bade farewell with this one. The vocal harmonies were at their best, and Paul's power was right on in OH Darling. Paul's fancy bass work was never more evident than in "I Want You". This will always be my favorite album, so much so, that in my will I have stated that if I should "go out" naturally, that this album should be played at the time I reach Golden Slumbers. Not kidding........Miss you guys!

3-0 out of 5 stars good but still lacking
Take out the songs that you can't even listen to such as /She So Heavy/Sun King/Because/- these are songs which lack creativity and rhythm. And why put in You never give me your money, it has the same rhythm as Carry that Weight. Why did they end in the ridiculous Her Majesty, and why is this overrated?...It is mere lyrics with simple beat. The Golden Slumbers lullaby is a brilliant ending. Come Together is an amazing beginning. Octopus' Garden and Maxwells silver hammer are very creative and essential to the Beatles culture. Mean Mr Mustard- what is the purpose of this song, Poythene Pam is humourous- (for whoever can understand the humour. The album needs editing, its needs filtering. It needs to be more concise in terms of style. Mixing good songs with crappy songs will produce a moderate album- which is exactly what Abbey Road is!

1-0 out of 5 stars I read some revues from people who say this is good.
I read some revues from people who say this is good.
You know what I say to that?

(...)

OF COURSE THIS IS NOT GOOD. IT IS STUPID AND BORING AND A DULL TREAT. BUT I HEARD ALL HIPPY BANDS ARE LIKE THAT.

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4. Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys
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The cynical may question just how many Beach Boys greatest hits albums are enough. Non-cynics, however, will appreciate what makes Sounds of Summer unique. This is the first single-disc collection to feature such a large cross selection of hits from the group's entire career, spanning 1962's "Surfin' Safari" through 1988's "Kokomo." All 30 tracks, spanning several label changes, were Billboard Top 40 hits and are probably now as identifiable as the national anthem to anyone with radio or TV access. The fact that the tracks aren’t in chronological order helps make for a fresh listening experience, as does the crisp digital sound. And yet these songs--even those that are more than four decades old--always sound strangely fresh and will likely remain so as long as there are beaches, young people, and that symbolic season of freedom and dreams. Which is to say that the title here passes "the truth in advertising" test. Perfect for those casual fans not yet ready to spring for the individual albums, Sounds of Summer is, in many ways, a better representation of this legendary band's art than Elvis' 30 No. 1 Hits and The Beatles 1 were of the King and the Fab Four. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best BEACH BOYS compilation ever!
This is a very comprehensive compilation of Beach Boys' top 40 hits and it's a much more generous collection than any previous single disc BB "best of" package. 30 tracks are packed onto this one disc equaling to 75 minutes of non-stop Beach Boys classics! No one will feel that this collection is perfect (I would've preferred "Caroline, No" to "Do You Wanna Dance?" and "It's OK" to "Good Timin'") but how can you argue with 30 top 40 hits? In addition to the great track selection there are several first time stereo mixes to make this disc an even more interesting buy. "California Girls", "Shut Down", "Dance Dance Dance" and "Heroes and Villains" are all mixed to stereo for this disc. The songs from "Pet Sounds" are also included in their stereo versions. Plus the single versions of "Help Me Rhonda" and "Be True to Your School" are used instead of the inferior LP versions that were featured on the earlier "20 Good Vibrations" CD. All in all, an exceptional collection. Just once Beach Boys classic after another.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Collection of Their Classic Hits on One CD
Many reviews focus on the plethora of best-of compilations that have been foisted on the record-buying public. And they make a valid point. However, don't let that obscure the fact that this is the best single-disc collection of Beach Boys music currently available. [And with many stores selling it at $10 or less, it's far and away the best bargain as well!]

This album has 30 of their 33 Top 40 hits. The only missing singles are 1965's non-LP single "The Little Girl I Once Knew," 1966's "Caroline No" from PET SOUNDS, and 1976's "It's O.K." from 15 BIG ONES. With a running time of 75:58, it's unforgivable that at least one of these songs wasn't also added, but there was no way you could include them all.

The only problem I have with the CD is its sequencing. "California Girls" is a classic Beach Boys song and a great lead-off track, but it was their 15th hit, not their first. And while "Good Vibrations" is unquestionably their crowning achievement and closes the album on a high note, elsewhere it's a bit awkward to go from a by-the-book cover of "Rock and Roll Music" from 1976 and then follow it up with a trio of tracks from their classic mid-Sixties period.

With that kvetching aside, this is a very enjoyable collection. The 20-page booklet has some terrific photos and serviceable liner notes. The CD has the original yellow-and-orange 45 rpm label. And the music has never sounded better. ESSENTIAL

5-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much better than this!
I can't think of a better compilation of a single band's work than this!

I've always been of two minds regarding the Beach Boys. On one hand they can provide fuel for cynics by producing songs with trite lyrics that look silly beyond belief on the printed page. But when you listen to the music and their harmonies, you quickly fall under the spell of fantastic musicianship. They can be crass and commercial in the extreme, with concerts that are formulaic and multiple "Best of..." collections that only exploit the show business maxim of "always leave them wanting more." But there is nothing to criticize here... nothing at all.

When all is said and done, it's about the music, and the music of the Beach Boys is something special! Listening to this collection of thirty hits (with nary a clinker among them), you can almost wear yourself out just tapping your foot and moving with the music.

Ask any group of fans for their favorite Beach Boys classic, and you'll likely get a different answer from each; my vote would be for Sloop John B. But I'd be willing to bet that 99% of the population will fine their own "my favorite Beach Boys" song on this CD. And they will sing/hum/dance or drum along with every cut on this fantastic body of work!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Single - Disc Beach Boys Collection Ever
Countless Beach Boys hits collections have been thrown around like trash over the years. Most of them are not good. 2003's 30 - song "Sounds Of Summer" is the exception. It features all the big hits plus a few less recgonized tracks.

All the Beach Boys classics are here. Whether you enjoy "Surfin' USA", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "California Girls" or "Good Vibrations", it's unlikely that your favorite Beach Boys song isn't here. But there's more than a few unrecognizable songs hear that make this collection even more worthwhile: the latter - day singles "Wild Honey", "Darlin'", "Do It Again", "I Can Hear Music", "Good Timin'", "Come Go With Me" and "Getcha Back" are just as good as anything from their peak period.

As usual, there is a fair amount of hits missing, even with 30 songs. There are too many to list here, so I'll just list the ones that reached the Billboard top 40. They are:

"Little Saint Nick" (numner 6)
"The Warmth Of The Sun" (number 13)
"The Man With All The Toys" (number 3)
"Caroline No" (number 32)
"It's Ok" (number 29)

But overall, this a very worthwhile collection of classic music, perfect for this time of year. Also, get the boxed set "Thirty Years Of Good Vibrations".

5-0 out of 5 stars The Beach Boys Are Cool.
I don't think there is a single American child over the age of three that hasn't heard a Beach Boys song. They are still a significant part of our culture and a glimpse into the teen culture of our past (which isn't that different from today's). People loved them and still love them, that's why they are, perhaps, the greatest American band of all time. I don't think I can say that about many other artists, only R.E.M. and Talking Heads come to mind.

The compilation contains thirty of their Top 40 hits and spans their entire career. If you're already a fan, you know all the songs and hold them dear to your heart. If you're a new fan, this is a great CD for you to begin your Beach Boys experience. There are a few splendid stereo mixes of songs that were only found in mono or poor stereo versions. "Heroes and Villians" is a major highlight, as well as "Good Vibrations." ... Read more


5. The Beatles (The White Album)
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Better known as the "White Album," this was meant to be the record that brought them back to earth after three years of studio experimentation. Instead, it took them all over the place, continuing to burst the envelope of pop music. Lennon and McCartney were still at the height of their powers, with Lennon in particular growing into one of rock's towering figures. But even McCartney could still rock, and the amazement on "Helter Skelter" was that he had vocal cords at the end. From Beach Boys knock-offs to reggae and to the unknown ("Revolution #9"), this has it all. Some records have legend written all over them; this is one. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BEATLES ALBUM!
Perhaps the most written about rock album of all time, the White Album is a masterpiece. Released in 1968, this was supposed to be a return to their old sound after getting involved in psychedelia. Instead of a drug- induced title, they choose a self-titled name. Instead of a wildly colorful album cover, they choose a stark white cover. The music shoots all over the map-there's pop, ska, metal, 30s music, avant-garde, blues, folk-rock, country, doo wop, straight up rock and roll and much more.

The album kicks off with Back in the USSR, a great Beach Boys parody in the middle,Paul plays drums here. Dear Prudence is my favorite John ballad, very sad and emotional. Glass Onion is a sarcastic John tune which scorns people who overanaylaze his lyrics. Very good. Next is Paul's ska inflected Ob-la-di Ob-lo-da, which gets annoying fast. Wild Honey Pie is cool little experimental tune, very short. The Continuning Story of Bungalow Bill is a campfire sing-along type song, also a little annoying. While my Guitar Gently Weeps is a George masterpiece which features his close friend Eric Clapton on guitar. Happiness is a Warm Gun is 3 songs in one-a slow ballad,a pyschedilic hard rock song, and a 50s style song. very cool but lyrics make no sense.
Martha My Dear is a Macca ballad about his dog, short. nice piano. I'm So Tired is a good pop song (sorta.)Blackbird is a great song about the civil rights, just Paul and his acoustic guitar. Piggies is a political commentary from George,complete with pig sound effects. Rocky Racoon is a mock country style song, nice old time harp and piano make it sound authentic. Dont Pass Me By is a Ringo tune with some nice fiddle but gets annoying. Why Don't We Do it in the Road? is a short hard rock song from Paul. I Will is a ballad that gets kinda dull. Julia is just John and his acoustic, pretty song, a tribute to his mother who died when he was young. Birthday is a straight up rock and roll song with good guitar riffs. Yer Blues is a bluesy hard rock type song, with John yelling sucicidal comments over the pounding music. Mother Nature's Son is a collobaration from Paul and John and is good acoustic music. Nice lyrics about the union between nature and man. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except me and My Monkey is a hard rock song with catchy lyrics and guitar riffs. Sexy sadie is a mellow John song about his total dissatisfaction the with Mahareshi. Helter Skelter is the hardest rocking Beatles song ever and is a great proto-metal song. Horribly, however, this along with another song, inspired Charles Manson to kill. Long, Long, Long is George song about coming to terms with God. It is an emotional powerhouse. Revolution 1 is a watered down doo wop take on the hard rocking single version. Honey Pie is a 30s type song that Paul wrote as a tribute to his father, who played this type of music. When he says i like this kind of music, it is a direct jab at Lennon, who hated Paul's music-hall romps. Savoy Truffle is cool George song about sweets written as a playful tribute to Eric Clapton, who was a chocohalocic. George found a choclate box at Clapon's house and most of the names in that song were real-life choclates. It has a sort of psychedlic Motown beat. Cry Baby Cry is a great John ballad with it's fairy tale lyrics and gentle melody. Revolution 9 is the most hated Beatles song, but i think it's pretty cool. It sounds like a soundtrack of a man's descent into insanity. To end the album is the schmatlzy Good Night, which features Ringo and an Orchestra. A nice end to an amazing album. BOTTOM LINE-buy it. better then srg pepper or revolver or any othe beatle. but their still great. This is definetly one of the 10 greatest rock albums of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Album In Rock And Roll History
In the history of Rock and Roll music, no other band or individual has ever released a collection of songs with as much diversity as the Beatles did with the White Album in the Fall of 1968. With 30 tracks and a running time of about 94 minutes, the Beatles White Album is a brilliant reminder that no rock and roll act has ever been as good, past or present. By 1968, the Beatles could write music in literally any musical genre that they wanted to and pull it off with often amazing results. From folk leanings on this record there is Blackbird, Mother Natures Son, Rocky Raccoon, and Julia. When the Beatles attempted hard rock the results were, Helter Skelter, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey. With Pop music the White Album offers Obladi-Obladi, Martha My Dear, and Sexy Sadie. With classic rock, this records offers Birthday, Dear Prudence, I'm So Tired, Back in the USSR and Happiness is a Warm Gun. With country music the Beatles try and succeed with Don't Pass Me Bye. When its ballads, the Beatles treat the listener to the lush Good Night and when the Beatles take a turn at writing an old school show tune the result is the entertaining Honey Pie. Also, let's not forget the blues with the slow version of Revolution contained here and the classic Yer Blues. Good luck in trying to find another musical act that can deliver this kind of diversity that is around today. This album is why we record music and sell it to people folks, to preserve greatness. Buy this album!

5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant musical hodge-podge
The Beatles left very deep footprints, and, love them or hate them, they are a cultural force to be reckoned with. The White Album represents both the peak of their art and the nadir of their personal relationships within the group (only to be surpassed by the gruesome Let It Be sessions...). Less of a group effort, each of Fabs here showcase their individual songwriting and singing talents, using the others as session players. They decisively destroy the image of the four happy pop clones of 1964. It was a liberating move for the musicians, but it can also be a jarring experience for the listener. It is a massive, sprawling masterwork that occasionally verges on complete collapse. The Beatles were never afraid to push the envelope to breaking point and beyond: The White Album is a case-in-point. As a historical document, The White Album can be heard as the "come down" from the Summer of Love, a testament to the idealism and disillusion (and dissipation) of 1968 (the year that saw the murder of both Martin Luther King and the death of the dream of peace, both within the US and internationally with the escalation of the Vietnam War). The minimalist cover artwork can be seen as the inevitable antidote to the colorful and florid excesses of Flower Power fashion. The White Album is a historical moment preserved in song. Matching the anguish and uncertainty of the era is the anguish and schizophrenia of the Beatles music on this record.

Many (including producer George Martin) have complained that the album is too long and includes tracks of inferior quality, that it could have been boiled down to a single album of solid gold. Honestly, there is something here to offend everybody. While most people (including Paul McCartney) find Revolution #9 unlistenable, it was a major achievement of experimental electronica at the time, and it bears repeated listening (but not when you're in an Obla-di Obla-da mood!). You may find yourself consistently skipping over several tracks, like Why Don't We Do It in the Road?, Wild Honey Pie, Good Night, Don't Pass Me By because they're all put-ons.

I find myself skipping over some tracks, like Yer Blues, not because it's a poorly written tune, but because it's just too emotionally painful, which is actually an acknowledgement of Lennon's success as an artist. He was in pain, and he conveyed it all too clearly. Helter Skelter, on the other hand, is completely empty of meaning, yet is absolutely hair-raising, perhaps the most terrifying pop song ever (after I Am the Walrus). The frantic clanging of Everybody's Got Something to Hide matches perfectly with Lennon's manic mood and mystical mind at the time. He describes the most profound LSD and/or meditation experience - "Your outside is in/when your inside is out" - but the way he sings it, it sounds like he's being torn apart by the experience, making the song both inspiring and frightening. I'm So Tired is such an effective evocation of apathy, insomnia, and frustration that it also makes my hair stand on end, esp. when he screams "I'd give you everything I've got for a little peace of mind!" That song has fit into the soundtrack of my life alarmingly well. In short, some people might be put off by The White Album because it is too emotionally charged and artistically adventurous. It wasn't designed as musical wallpaper and refuses to be reduced to that. You have to be prepared to listen to The White Album. When you are, it's an exhilirating experience. If not, it might make you want to puke.

The contrast in mood between the tracks is most jarring. Lennon snarls at his fans in Glass Onion, layers sarcasm on gun lovers in Happiness is a Warm Gun, pointedly berates the Left in Revolution #1, savagely attacks the Maharishi in Sexy Sadie, wails of suicide in Yer Blues. In contrast, McCarney offers some of his mildest, sweetest songs - I Will, Blackbird, and Mother Nature's Son, as well as the syrupy, music hall kitsch of Honey Pie, Martha My Dear, and Rocky Raccoon. None of McCartney's tracks here are "deep," but if you're in the mood for some tasty musical candies, these fit the bill quite nicely. Obladi Oblada is perhaps the best of the fluffy treats here. If this is your first exposure to the Beatles, you might well wonder how the group could contain such dramatic differences in temperament. (In fact, it couldn't, and would soon collapse because of those very differences in personality).

The classic tunes of this collection certainly more than justify the purchase of the two-disc set. John offers the stunning ode to his lost mother (and to Yoko) entitled Julia. George Harrison scores perhaps his greatest triumph with While My Guitar Gently Weeps (featuring Eric Clapton on lead guitar). Lennon's Dear Prudence is another touching masterpiece, written to order to induce Prudence Farrow to quit hiding out in her bungalow at Rishikesh. Ultimately, The White Album has something to delight everyone. If you prefer to avoid some tracks, you are among the majority of listeners. That's par for The White Album course. Once again, the inconsistency of the album accurately portrays the mind of each of the Beatles at the time as well as the larger cultural environment of 1968. It is required listening for anyone interested in 20th c. pop music. But be forewarned, it's not a smooth ride.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great in every sense of the word
Most bands who attempt to follow up their most critically acclaimed album produce something mediocre at best. But not the Beatles. Nothing on this sounds like Sgt. Pepper. The variety of songs is breathtaking. Yes, it's obvious they were splintering but it doesn't take away from the fact that they still fed off of each other's creativity and were totally unafraid to take risks. It just may be the most adventurous musical offering of the 20th century. It is bold and thought-provoking while at the same time memorable and timeless. No collection is complete without it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not the best Beatles work
This album,known as "the White Album", is truly a turning point in the band's history. We can agree on that. What people can't agree on is whether this album is amazingly good, or mediocre. Well, the fact is, while this album has some good material on it, some of it just sucks. The band were too drugged up at the time of recording, and the tensions within the band were just escalating. ... Read more


6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Before Sgt. Pepper, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art. That all changed in 1967, though, when John, Paul, George and Ringo (with "A Little Help" from their friend, producer George Martin) created an undeniable work of art which remains, after 30-plus years, one of the most influential albums of all time. From Lennon's evocative word/sound pictures (the trippy "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," the carnival-like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite") and McCartney's music hall-styled "When I'm 64," to Harrison's Eastern-leaning "Within You Without You," and the avant-garde mini-suite, "A Day in the Life," Sgt.Pepper was a milestone for both '60s music and popular culture.--Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Sgt. Pepper is probably the most influencal rock album...ever. Starting with the impossibly catchy, rock friendly title track, which gices you the impression you are watching Sgt. Pepper preform live, Billy Shears (Ringo) is introduced and With A Little... starts. Ringo does a great job singing this pop clasic. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is an amazing song by John, which, allagedly, had nothing to do with LSD. As much as I hate to admit is, Getting Better sounds better in Phillips commercials. It still sounds good here though. Fixing A Hole is a strange song, by Paul I think, but not bad. She's Leaving Home is more of a classical song than a Rock Song, with mostly strings. Hard to dislike. Mr. Kite is an odd, slow circus song by John. Again, it's impossibly catchy. Within You... is a hypnotic Indian song by George. Paul sped up his voice for When I'm Sixty Four, a 1920's song that, ironically, looks at the future. Lovely Rita is an accoustic/electric rocker. Good Morning is an early (catchy) ska song with blasting horns. Sgt. Pepper (reprise) closes up the concert the same way it opened it(in other words, it the same as the first song). A Day In The Life is a schizofrenic ballad, for lack of a better word. I won't begin do describe this incredible song with it's epic srtings, and fast chorus. At the end, a dog whistle comes on as joke. Anyway BUY THIS ALBUM.

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite By The Beatles!
I only just got into the Beatles this year (I am only 15). I first bought a greatest hits disc, then I went out and bought Abbey Road. I didn't see what all the fuss was about. Sgt. Peppers was my next purchase and I was floored. This CD is brilliant....especially when I think about how it was made over 40 years ago. BUY IT!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is my reason
This album changed my life. If it weren't for this album I'd be trying to make it as a professional soccer player. Believe, I would never have had a shot. Thank God for the Beatles!

5-0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone says,the greatest album ever!!!
Ignore malcontents who are imposible to make happy,this album was voted the greatest ever by rolling stone magazine,and you know they can't be wrong!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Sgt. Pepper
"...they use so many instruments that no other artist of their era could think of?..." No one had ever played of a sitar? They were the first to use a symphonic orchestra? The statements made up by people regarding this album are incredible. There are three good songs on this release. At the going download rate of 99 cents per song, I might buy this if it were marked down to $2.97. ... Read more


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

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

First single disc multi-label compilation ever!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


8. License to Chill
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Country music's infatuation with the puka-shell rock of Jimmy Buffett has been one of the genre's less fortunate indulgences. Most of Nashville's hat acts do little more than dip their toe in the water and do nothing to build upon Buffett's signature sounds. That's why License to Chill, which features a plethora of Music City guests (Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, George Strait, Martina McBride, Toby Keith) along with Bill Withers and Nanci Griffith, seems like a bad idea. But the album, on which the Key West hedonist performs his favorite "bar gig" songs, as he calls them, often delights. As someone who began his songwriting career in Nashville (and who's also recorded more than half his albums there), Buffett isn't just slumming, as his choice of covers (from such writers as Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Hank Williams, and Jerry Garcia) proves. What could have been little more than a lark, then, ends up being a showcase for Buffett the serious songwriter and song finder. Although he does indulge in the occasional beach-minded thong-writing, Chill is a surprisingly satisfying album aimed less at the Parrothead crowd and more toward an audience who remembers the Buffett of 30 years ago, a man who struggled to make his mark among Nashville's most revered tunesmiths. --Alanna Nash ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Best He's Been In A Long Time...
Welcome back Jimmy Buffett.

His past few musical outings have featured songs that were hit-or-miss, but "License to Chill" is pretty solid throughout. With such an amazing song selection from the likes of Hank Williams and John Hiatt, I couldn't help but think how amazing it would have been to have heard a cover of Williams' "Jambalaya" as the final track to end the album. Oh well.

What most impressed me about "Chill" was it's production quality. The use of slide guitar and honky tonk piano, mixed with steel drums, gave the songs a true country vibe while blending in Buffett's favored island sound. Fans of the standard Buffett sound should be warned that this album is more country than caribbean soul, but the end result is strong.

Lastly, Jimmy Buffett has never had the best voice out there. What was missing in his vocals was always made up for with his storytelling lyrics. Surprisingly, "License to Chill" showcases Jimmy Buffett hitting notes and working in a vocal range that I have never heard from him. It was a total delight, and left me eager to hear a complete acoustic album from Jimmy Buffett...one that prominently features his newfound voice.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Country-Carribbean Album.
When I first heard Jimmy Buffett was going to do a "country" album, I was a bit apprehensive. Although I love his earlier stuff where he was more country, I had grown accustomed to his more recent Beach-Themed efforts.
Rest assured, this album will not dissapoint. The selection of country artists that assist Jimmy on this album work beautifully.
All the duets shine, notably "Boats to Build" with Alan Jackson, "License to Chill" with Kenny Chesney, and and "Hey Good Lookin'" with Jackson, Strait, Black, Chesney, and Keith is quite catchy and should be playing in your stereo for some time after purchase.
As a recommendation, Jimmy Buffett once melded the whole country-Beach theme styles in a very underrrated album called RIDDLES IN THE SAND. If you enjoy LICENSE TO CHILL, give RIDDLES a look.
Many Parrotheads will wonder with Buffett's surge in the country world if he isn't a straight-up country star now. Check out the song "Simply Complicated", where Jimmy poses this question quite playfully. One of Jimmy's best albums in some time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Bumpkins invade the beach
Country may have once been a respectable genre of music, but nowadays it has more in common with top 40 radio. I miss the originals, like Johnny Cash, because these new singers try too hard to get that twang in their voice. So Jimmy decided to do a country themed album. Any Phan worth his salt will know that Jimmy started out country, and he had some good early albums. My objection stems from Jimmy inviting all of those other singers on this album, ( 9 of the 16 tracks feature Jimmy sharing vocals). The good news is that these "duets", don't really ruin the album. The bad news is it doesn't really enhance it either, leaving me to conclude that the idea was just a marketing ploy. The only song I really like among the "duets" is License to Chill, it is every bit as catchy as 5 o'clock somewhere. The rest I usually skip, excluding Boats to Build, with is enjoyable even thought the lyrics seem a little rushed. As for the other songs, Coast of Carolina is a real gem, one of those slow reflective songs that Jimmy can work so well. (Such as Semi-true story). Simply Complicated is typical Buffett with uproarious lyrics, and although it is a quick song (just over 2 minutes) it is one of my favorites. Coastal Confessions is also a highlight. And thankfully, Jimmy ends the album on a high note with his trademark beach sound on the up tempo Scarlet Begonias, and the gospel like steel drium hymn Back To The Island. Perhaps the rest of the album will grow on me with time, and as for now I'm simply satisfied. Thanks Bubba.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just like a southern beach
I have read many reviews of this record, some good, some bad.
my opinion is that what Jimmy Buffett has done on this album is just perfect. with some exceptions of course i belive many of the songs have major commercial potential. Parrotheads might not like that but that is the point of the album, it is a country album hence the lack of original songwriting by Mr.Buffett himself. Jimmy has blended the ideal gulf/western record. some tracks will be remembered as classics and some won't, but there is no dead air here, it's the type of thing you can play through which is rare these days, usually artists get 2 maybe 3 money songs on a record and fill the rest with slacking tunes. The vocals are great on this record and the island country sounds are mixed wonderfully. Sea Of Heartbreak with Georgr Strait is exactly on point. as is Coast Of Carolina, Boats To Build, Piece Of Work, Trip Around The Sun, Anything Anytime Anywhere will bring you back to the folkish sound of buffett which got him recognized. Window On the World is great, track by track i could analyze but i don't need to, because this is a must have for parrotheads and country fans, and especially gulf/western fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Big Surprise
Like many, I was very skeptical that this would be a decent CD. The concept screamed "Cash In", and the first single, though certainly fun, didn't do much to alter that opinion.

Here's what makes this release a success:

1. The musicianship. Sonny Landreth and Billy Payne give Jimmy's sound a good kick in the rear. Landreth's unique slide style is a stark contrast to Peter Mayer's elevator music approach (especially when he reinterprets Garcia's "Scarlet Begonias"), while Payne gives the band the same swing he lent to Little Feat for so long. These two seemed to have inspired the rest of the band to raise their performance a couple of notches. Even Jimmy's singing, which has veered dangerously close to self parody recently, seems to show more respect for the songs than in recent memory.

2. The songwriting. Their have been so many songs on Jimmy's last few releases that just made me cringe. This one spares us that, largely because of his reliance on outside songwriters. John Hiatt, Guy Clark, Leon Russell, Jerry Garcia....these are some writers w some heft and definitely give Jimmy more to work with than he's had on recent albums. Probably not a coincidence that Jimmy's singing better.... he likes the songs better!

One complaint....will someone please take JB aside and tell him to stop that ridiculous "stream of consciousness" patter on the song's fade out? It damn near ruined "Mexico" and "Fruitcakes" a few years back and made him sound like a foolish shill pimping his own bar on "5 O'Clock Somewhere". He breaks it out again a couple times here, prompting me to hit "Forward" on my CD player each time.

One last comment....all roads lead to John Hiatt! He wrote "Window on The World", Landreth is the guitarist in his long time band The Goners", Payne played on the great Hiatt CD "Stolen Moments", and Jimmy reveals in the "Studio Diary" that Hiatt was his guitar player when Jimmy first went to Nashville more than 30 years ago. ... Read more


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

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

Notably missing from his '70s creative peak:

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

... even '80s cuts like:

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

???

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4-0 out of 5 stars CD 2 track 05
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10. The Beatles 1
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Proving yet again their willingness to dice 'n' slice their burgeoning legacy into new--if not exactly fresh--product, the Fab Four Minus One have released this single-disc compendium of their No. 1 hits. Though obviously superfluous to longtime Fabs faithful (who may also find themselves quibbling over the precise definition of "No. 1 hit" and the exclusion of seeming contenders like "Please Please Me" and "Strawberry Fields"), newly arrived visitors from the Pleiades star cluster and other neophytes will find it a concise and generous (nearly 80 minutes) single-disc introduction to the band's career-spanning, unparalleled dominance of pop music in the 1960s. But beyond being a mere trophy case of commercial success (and it won't be hard to find critics who'll argue that these singles aren't even the band's best work), it's also a Cliff's Notes take on a remarkable seven-year run of musical evolution, one that stretches from the neo-skiffle of "Love Me Do" through a remarkable synthesis of R&B, rockabilly, Tin Pan Alley, gospel, country, and classical that still defies efforts to effectively deconstruct it. This is the pop monument equivalent of the '27 Yankees and '90s Bulls; it's every bit as obvious and dominating--and just as essential. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars What a bitter disappointment!
As a life long Beatles fan, I can't begin to express my disappointment with this new release. I had hoped that this would be an opportunity for young people to hear how good the Beatles sounded to us older fans when these songs were originally released as singles. However, for the most part, the selections on this cd are not the original mono single versions, they are the same sloppy stereo outtakes that EMI has been foisting on us for the last 30 years. How could anyone who was not alive in 1964 listen to "I Want to Hold You Hand" on this CD and understand why this song changed so many peoples' lives? It sounds like it was recorded in someone's bathroom. As for the stereo versions of "I Feel Fine" and "Paperback Writer", they are painfully bad. This CD is just another way for EMI to make a few more bucks off of the memory of the greatest musical group ever. Fellow Beatles fans, I urge you not to be taken in. Do NOT waste you money on this worthless package. Hold out until the powers that be at EMI relent and give us either the original mono versions of these songs or newly remixed stereo versions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Top Feeding
This was a wonderful collection of many of the songs that I grew up with and wistfully placed on a higher plane of music than a lot of the tripe released today

I realize it was an authorized collection of Number One hits, but this collection didn't always explore the depths and reach of the Beatles material.

Somehwere out there the has to be a collection of the songs that actually made many differences in my life (granted, that doesn;t mean that most people would have the same personal "hit list".

All in all, this was a wonderful collection, and I would purchase it again (It might turn out to be a great tool for informing my 17 year old daughter about the group that actually opened rock and roll to broader dimensions--without me just jabbering to her about it).

On a scale of 1-10, I would give it an 8.5

3-0 out of 5 stars Beatles 1
Pretty good if you listen to tracks 1 - 14 and just start over. Songs like Come Together and the Ballad of John and Yoko shouldn't even be on a best of the Beatles album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Display of Music
Before I got this album. I had never heard a real Beatles song. I had heard a modern hard-rock-style cover of A Hard Day's Night (which, while not comparing to the origional, was still awesome), and in my vocal class at school, I sang A Hard Day's Night (which, by the way, made me something of a singing sensation at school; people everywhere were asking me to sing for them).

When I first got this album, I liked about sixteen songs. But as I listened to it more and more, the more it grew on me, until I liked every single song on the CD.

This CD made me a total Beatles fan. Before I really knew the Beatles' music, I listened to country music on KNCI (which I still do admittedly). Now, I listen to the Eagle, Sacramento's classic rock. In my vocal class, instead of just singing A Hard Day's Night (which I still sing, of course), I also sing Eight Days A Week, Something-the best song of all time-, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All You Need Is Love, and She Loves You.

The Beatles remain the greatest band of all time, and this CD is a true legacy to them.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST single CD collection
This is the best single CD Beatles collection available. It provides an excellent, high-level overview of their career and music. It contains 26 songs that hit number 1 either in the US or UK. The one exception being George Harrison's "Something", which peaked at number 3, though the liner notes give it credit for hitting number 1 because it was the B-side of a number 1 single ("Come Together"). But I can forgive that fudging, since I'm sure it was done to ensure that a Harrison song was included on the collection. All-in-all, a classic collection and a great introduction to the Beatles for new fans. I just wish they would release a Beatles 2 CD similar to the Elvis 2nd to None CD. They certainly have plenty of material to pick from!

Btw, an interesting bit of trivia: The British Beatles hold the record for the most number 1 singles in the US, followed by the American Elvis. While Elvis holds the record for most number 1 singles in Britian followed by the Beatles. ... Read more


11. Rubber Soul [UK]
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Rank 'em how you like, Rubber Soul is an undeniable pivot point in the Fab Four's varied discography no matter where, or how, you first heard it. The album was softened up in its original12-song American edition to jibe with the Dylan/Byrds folk-rock sound, as well as squeeze money from the Parlophone catalog. The 14-song U.K. edition--the version now available on compact disc--is a different, more dynamic, and ultimately more accomplished achievement. So many classics: "Drive My Car" and "Nowhere Man" (both omitted from the U.S. edition) merge the early combustible Beatifics to a burgeoning studio consciousness; "The Word" can be read as a pre-psych warning shot; the sitar-laden "Norwegian Wood" and the evocative "Girl" (the latter written on the last night of the sessions) stand as turning points in John Lennon's oeuvre. George finally emerges too, with the McGuinn-ish "If I Needed Someone." --Don Harrison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Under-rated Classic
When you think of classic Beatles albums, you often think Abbey Road, Sgt Pepper, Revolver or The White Album. But Rubber Soul deserves it's place right up there with those albums. It is often overlooked or forgotten, but is a necessary step between early Beatles recordings ("yeah, yeah, yeah") and the later-day masterpieces ("Getting Better","Revolution", "Come Together", "Let It Be").
Rubber Soul opens with the peppy "Drive My Car", a John & Paul harmony that is often forgotten among the great Beatles tunes. This one blends their voices so perfectly, it's easy to see why these two worked so well together. John's "Norwegian Wood" is next, a Dylan-esque folk tune about a whimsical one-night stand (Original lyrics were "Knowing she would", but were changed to the less offending "Nowegian Wood"). George plays an absolutely gorgeous sitar on this song- definitely overlooked. Paul's "You Won't See Me" is next, occasional 3-part harmony (with John & George), but admittedly one of their lighter works. John's "Nowhere Man" was written about his father, a forebearing to some of his most introspective and revealing songs that he'd write for his 1st solo album in 1970. One of the Beatles all-time greats and again, great 3-part harmony. How could you NOT love this song?
"Think For Yourself" may be George Harrison's greatest song next to "Something". The guitar work is 1st rate of course, but the singing and lyrics are also top-notch. Giving John & Paul a run for their songwriting money!!! "The Word" is one of those '60's era songs that must have seemed like a good idea at the time but hasn't really stood the test of time. Still, a lesser Beatles song is still miles ahead of most other songs. "Michelle" is a Paul McCartney masterpiece that everybody knows, even if you're not a fan. "What Goes On" gives Ringo Starr a chance in front of the microphone and he does well in this country-western style song, with backup from John & Paul. "I'm Looking Through You" is one of those songs that catches your attention the very first time you hear it and you love it forever. It's Paul's song, with John singing backup and Ringo playing the organ!
"Girl" & "In My Life" are absolutely beautiful John Lennon masterpieces that make your heart ache in light of what ultimately happened to John. Especially "In My Life", which finds John in a retrospective mood and singing about all the things he'll remember all his life. Absolutely wonderful song and worth the price of this CD alone! "If I Needed Someone" is another top-notch George Harrison composition and probably ranks third of all his songs, behind the aforementioned "Something" (from the album Revolver) and "Think For Yourself".
The closing song "Run For Your Life" is a throw-away tune that John wrote in about 5 minutes, one that he admitted that he never really liked, but the 3-part harmony is wonderful and the song structure is first class. The lyrics may be a tad below the Lennon-McCartney standard that we're used to, but still a fine tune nonetheless. The one song that I'd say doesn't belong, and in fact was actually written in the summer of '65 for the "Help" film, is "Wait", a sophmoric effort that probably was better left on the cutting room floor. Still, only one song that is somewhat poor out of an album of 14 songs is incredible!
I'd highly recommend this disc, especially if you're only familiar with the Beatles "hits" and are looking for something a little different. The craftmanship of these songs has stood up over 38 years and remains as remarkable today as ever. From 2 and 3 part harmony to excellent guitar work and songwriting, this is a forgotten classic that you will be delighted to discover (or re-discover!!!). Buy this CD, you'll love it!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not worthy!!
This album was the transition of the Beatles from mop-top teeny-boppers to maturing artists. The lyrics developed and so dids their style. Let's take it song by song. 1-Drive my car-a fun song with Chuck berry-esque guitars. 2-Norwegian wood-a song about a love affair. nice use of the sitar from George. 3-You won't see me-a piano based song with a catchy melody. 4-Nowhere man-the more adult lyrics are apparent on this track. 5-Think for yourself-a song from George with Paul on "fuzz" bass. 6-The word-awesome harmonium solo! 7-Michelle-my favorite song from the album. It reminds me of a guy standig outside his girlfriends window, serenading her. 8-What goes on-a nice country styled song from Ringo. 9-Girl-interesting vocals, weird breathy noises. 10-Looking thru you-a cool organ sound and over all nice track. 11-In my life-a beautiful song with a beautiful piano solo. 12-Wait-a minor song about a guy coming home to see his girl. 13-If i needed someone-this song could have been recorded by the Byrds. great guitar sound. 14-Run for your life-song about determined to keep his girl. sounds like they used slide guitar techniques. That's all, folks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone says,the 5th greatest album ever!!!
And you know they can't be wrong... the truth will not and can not be denied!

2-0 out of 5 stars Rubber Soul
"...a starting point for music..", "...one flawless package..." What Goes On? Run For Your Life? If you like a few tracks then fine, but get real people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Songcraft at its finest
This is an elegant collection of songs that was a starting point for music. Here excellent music composition was combined with thought provoking lyricism and affective production. The guitars, pianos and bass play complementary melodies to the tunes, resulting in one flawless package that simply doesn't date.
Along with Pet Sounds and Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) here is a the new intellectualism of Bob Dylan combined with a production that emotionally frames it's lyrical content. Every track is a winner, although 'Run for your life' is somewhat lightweight. 'Norwegian Wood', 'In my Life', 'Nowhere man' and 'Girl' are probably the finest examples of songcraft here. Anyone interested in music must have this album. ... Read more


12. A Time 2 Love
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Digitally remastered double disc collection of one of the most celebrated women in Rock N Roll.Here are her best recordings from over 5 decades in the business, from the beginning with ex-husband Ike to her triumphant claw back to the top in the 80's and beyond, her star forever shines brightly in popular music.Includes 3 new previously unreleased recordings exclusive to this collection. ... Read more


14. The Very Best of Sheryl Crow
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4-0 out of 5 stars Different song selection
Hello friends-
Im writing from Panama City, Panama in Central America. I have always been a fan of Sheryl, since All I wanna do came out. I've followed her every move, every change. Right now, i have in my hands her very first best of collection, wao how quick time goes by. I love this new collection of her best work, but my version is different from the one that is in stores in USA. This is the track listing of my version
1. All i wanna do
2. Soak up the sun
3. My favorite mistake
4. The fisrt cut is the deepest
5. Everyday is like a winding road
6. Leaving Las Vegas
7. Strong enough
8. Light in your eyes
9. If it makes you happy
10. Run, baby run
11. Picture (with Kid Rock)
12. C'mon, C'mon (feat.The Coors)
13. A change would do you good
14. Home
15. There goes the neighborhood
16. I shall believe

If i could make any changes i would include Safe and Sound (which for me is her best track ever)and her cover version of the guns and roses song Sweet child of mine-
Or to be a little more greedy i would have included a second disc full of unreleased material, remixes and acoustic versions, and colaborations of her best material. This is not too much asking......is it?????
Lots of love

Alex

5-0 out of 5 stars My review of The Best of Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow is probably one of the most talented songwriters and musicians out today. This CD really showcases her versatility as both. She sings about cutting loose and having fun on the songs Soak Up The Sun and All I Want to Do. They are very good tunes to dance to. I loved the hit duet Picture with Kid Rock. His voice and Sheryl Crow's voice sound great together. Sheryl Crow is so good singing about the pain and difficulty of trying to get over failed relationships. Her vocal delivery on the songs Strong Enough and The Difficult Kind are very moving. The First Cut is the Deepest sounds better than the original version by Cat Stevens.

I loved Sheryl Crow's songs about adventure and escape. Steve McQueen is a great rock song about rebellion and fast cars. I have always liked her choices of song titles too. I love the song title If It Makes You Happy and Every Day Is A Winding Road, because they always sounded interesting and somewhat philosophical to me. This CD is a wonderful collection and retrospective of Sheryl Crow's musical career. I enjoyed it very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly the Very Best
I bought this CD a few days ago and I absoutely love it. I like many of her songs but my absolute favorites are 'My Favorite Mistake' & 'Light In Your Eyes'. I'm a fan of music with meaningful lyrics and Sheryl's CD has very indepth lyrics, so it you are into groovin beats and music to make you move she has a few tracks that will do that for you....but if that's all you're looking for this is not for you. Absoutely the best I'm very pleased with my choice and I highly recommend this CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's a "Strong Enough" collection.
It's amazing how popular "Sheryl Crow" and this collection are, but I guess she's just one of those musicians that appeal to everyone. This of course is missing a few favorite tracks, like "Anything But Down", "C'mon C'mon", and her cover of "Sweet Child O' Mine", but otherwise this is loaded with hits. All the biggies are here, like "All I Wanna Do", "Every Day Is A Winding Road", "My Favorite Mistake", and "Soak Up The Sun". Plus, "The First Cut Is The Deepest" and "Light In Your Eyes" both became really popular, and I actually like the song with "Kid Rock" too. Overall it's a great collection, and it sounds just as good as this Missouri girl still looks.

2-0 out of 5 stars BORING
Like Sheryl Crow. I suppose I like the stuff not on the radio more than what is played on the radio. Feel like I wasted my money. ... Read more


15. Revolver [UK]
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Revolver wouldn't remain the Beatles' most ambitious LP for long, but many fans--including this one--remember it as their best. An object lesson in fitting great songwriting into experimental production and genre play, this is also a record whose influence extends far beyond mere they-was-the-greatest cheerleading. Putting McCartney's more traditionally melodic "Here, There and Everywhere" and "For No One" alongside Lennon's direct-hit sneering ("Dr. Robert") and dreamscapes ("I'm Only Sleeping," "Tomorrow Never Knows") and Harrison's peaking wit ("Taxman") was as conceptually brilliant as anything Sgt. Pepper attempted, and more subtly fulfilling. A must. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Close to perfect
Of all the Beatles' albums, Revolver has probably aged best. 'Yellow Submarine' is a dud, pure and simple, but this set makes up the band's greatest achievement. Capitol's exploitative policy of subtracting a few tracks from one Beatles album to whack onto the next was never more despicable.

'Taxman' kicks off the set admirably, although Harrison's lament jars a bit - I mean, why is he complaining about paying his fair share of tax, anyway? Is this the same bloke who wrote 'Living in the Material World'? Still, this track, along with his other contributions (4 & 10), demonstrate how far Harrison had come as a songwriter.

Lennon and McCartney were at their top here. Macca's ballads (2,5 ,10), helped along by some fine Martin arrangements, are probably the best he ever wrote, stopping this side of schmalzy, while Lennon's major contributions (3, 7, 14) are quite brilliant. (Although it's probably the soundscape of 'Tomorrow Never Knows', mainly courtesy of spooky tape loops and a huge drum sound, that makes it such a standout.)

'And Your Bird Can Sing' and 'Doctor Robert' are often described as weak tracks, but I can't find too much wrong with them. If nothing else, the former boasts fine harmonised lead guitar parts.

The sounds which the Fabs, producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick were able to coax from ageing studio hardware are remarkable. Macca's close-miked bass is right up there in the mix, clear as a bell, Ringo's drums sound terrific even today, and there are interesting guitar sounds everywhere. As well, Revolver extended the experiment with backwards parts which had begun on 'Rain', and is used to great effect here. The musicianship, particularly McCartney's bass playing, is great throughout. Honourable mention to R. Starkey for 'She Said She Said'.

Bookended by two magnificent double-A side 45s ('Rain'/'Paperback Writer'; 'Strawberry Fields Forever'/'Penny Lane'), this album is demonstrably the Beatles' creative peak, and you can see why Brian Wilson was inspired to go one better with Pet Sounds. Essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars Majestic and Groundbreaking
When I first bought REVOLVER, on vinyl in the 70's, I was astonished. A Beatles album with more songs by George Harrison than John Lennon??? I didn't realize then I was getting a truncated American version of what the band had assembled in England. Three of John's songs -- "I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Dr Robert" -- were plucked from the album and put on a collection called YESTERDAY AND TODAY -- that's the album with the notorious butcher cover. The release of the Bealtes' library on CD finally gave us North American Beatlemaniacs the "real" REVOLVER -- and what a magnificent, groundbreaking achievement it was! George's music matured here, with "Taxman" being one of his best and "Love You Too" representing his first (and best) excursion into full Indian instrumentation (although he'd played sitar on John's "Norwegian Wood" on RUBBER SOUL). Paul McCartney offers some of his best-ever compositions on this album. "For No One" and "Here There and Everywhere" were exquisite -- and "Eleanor Rigby" remains a classic of its kind. The soul-tinged "Got To Get You Into My Life" was also first rate. But as usual, the best, and most groundbreaking, offerings were from John. "And Your Bird", "Dr Robert" and "She Said She Said" are further livened up by some great Harrison guitar work -- he shines throughout the album. And Lennon's closing track -- the mind-bending "Tomorrow Never Knows" -- is the summit to which the entire CD ascends. A great way to finish this album (and to hint at what would come next year -- SGT PEPPER). Maybe the best pop/rock album of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars VH1 says Revolver is the greatest album ever...Really
Oh,its true,thousands of music luminaries voted revolver the greatest album of all time,while it came in at number 3 of all time on the rolling stone poll. The results are cast in stone,Revolver is one of the all time greats,and all polls say that thats the truth!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Really?
"really tuneful...really whacky...really psychedelic...really social...really unusual..." yeah.

There are only a few songs on this album that reflect the greatness achieved by the Beatles pre-1965, which is sad. Nowhere near albums like Help or A Hard Day's Night.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great album!
I loved this album from beginning to end. It's full of great music written by the greatest band of all time. Songs like "And your bird can sing" and "For No One" reminded me why I love this band so much. ... Read more


16. Come On Get Happy!: The Very Best of the Partridge Family
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It doesn't happen all the time, but occasionally kitsch burrows itself into the popular consciousness and stays put because it's timelessly, compellingly good. Such is the case with The Very Best of the Partridge Family, which at long last allows pop aficionados who have closeted their dirty-little-secret obsession with the fictitious TV group to come clean. Never mind the ruffles and dove-wing lapels—heartthrob hang-ups aside, David Cassidy can sing (skip "I Think I Love You" and check his soul chops on the raging "Roller Coaster" or his Elvis-like vocal nuances on "Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque" instead.) And it doesn't hurt that the material he crooned was penned by some of the era's top songwriters. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, for example, lent their graceful imagery to "Looking Through the Eyes of Love," and Gerry Goffin was behind "I'll Meet You Halfway." Add to that the band's layered-harmony-nailing background singers and a stash of sensational session players, and it can't be helped: You get happy. -Tammy La Gorce ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Partridge Family CD that's a response for their best fans
As other reviewers have noted, this CD is essential for Partridge Family fans simply for the inclusion of "Let The Good Times In" and "Together (Havin' A Ball)."Both of those songs are part of the spirit of the initial season of the show and would have fit comfortably on the group's first LP, "The Partridge Family Album."The producers of the CD, as other reviewers have indicated (what a smart lot!), missed a great opportunity to include the theme song from the television show's first season, "When We're Singing!" - which has NEVER been issued on any Partridge Family CD.Why this was NOT included is almost inexcusable - particulary when the CD's release coincided with the DVD release of the first season."C'mon, Get Happy," which opens this collection, has been available for years on multiple Partridge Family CD offerings.Still, I must give full praise to this compilation; the producers are clearly moving in the right direction with this release.I think a CD of outtakes, remaining unreleased songs, and song variations would be a great idea!I know I'm part of that market that would snatch it up!

5-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!
There have been many "greatest hits" collections of the famed TV group -- but truly, this collection is "the very best" of the Partridge Family, and it includes several previously unreleased tracks.The pure joy of the two songs that were prominently featured in the premiere episode, LET THE GOOD TIMES IN (which is actually a revised, expanded version of the Love Generation's first version) and TOGETHER, is delightful to experience for this first time on this CD.And ROLLER COASTER, from the still-unreleased BULLETIN BOARD album, is an excellent example of how David Cassidy evolved into quite a rock stylist.Fun, fun, fun!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Those Were The Days
What a great CD!I remember taping the show's songs with my portable cassette recorder so I could listen to them when I went to sleep.This one sounds great and includes the two songs I loved the most when I was little, "Together" and "Let The Good Times In".All the other hits are here and are as fun as ever to listen to.While not a fanatic about the Partridge Family, it's great to introduce great Top 40 songs to my 10, 5, and 4 year olds.They think they are great...and you will too!

5-0 out of 5 stars THE VERY BEST OF THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY
Wow!Does this CD take me back.I remember watching the 1st episode when it first aired and hearing Together - Havin A Ball, & Let The Good Times In.Catchy tunes.Now, if you could only see me now; 35 years later, driving to work with my CD cranked up in my Ford Expedition singing these 2 songs on my way to work.Oh Yeah...Together! Havin A Ball and Let The Good Times In!

Guess I'm to old to pretend be Chris now.Banging away on boxes & coffee cans with Mom's chopsticks. The other kids using tennis racquetts at guitar & bass, my sister using the banana seat on my bike as keyboards and a frisbee for a tamborine.

TJ

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Best...but not all When We're Singin'
On the 35th Anniversary of The Partridge Family mania on TV and Music stores, comes the DVD of the first season with bonus extras including a wasted CD with 4 overused PF tracks (a false insentive). Coincidingwith the release of the DVD is this compilation titled appropriately Come On Get Happy: The Very Best Of The Partridge Family. One would think that all of the Best would be here. Most of the best is. What separates this compilation from the others is that it includes the previously unreleased material from the first season and episodes, Let The Good Times In (written by Carole Bayer Sager & Neil Sedaka), Together, Baby I Love, Love, I Love You and Stephanie (which, BTW was the same song as All Of The Things with different lyrics).

While most fans will be happy for these songs and the first time on CD release for Roller Coaster from Bulletin Board (their last LP), it also has at least 1 song from each LP they recorded (excluding the Christmas album for obvious reasons). Sunshine, from Crossword Puzzle, (another overlooked LP before Bulletin Board) is here. The other chart hits are here as well including the LP "should-have-been singles" hits, I Can Feel Your Heartbeat & Echo Valley 2-6809. 17 tracks in all, an odd number. Why not round it off to 20 and include the At Home With Their Greatest Hit top 40 cover hit of Breaking Up Is Hard To Do?
As well as the top 40 hit Am I Losing You and UK top 10 hit Walking In The Rain. OK..OK make it 21 and throw in their last charted hit Friend And A Lover! There...now THAT would be the Very Best Of.

Maybe they should have come out with a CD titled "When We're Singin'" and include all their previously unreleased material from all of the seasons, using the original theme as the openning track. Since this CD is doing so well on Amazon sales in the Top 100, maybe that thought might have made it to the Top 50!

In 35 more years I will hopefully be dead and wont be able to relive my youth as I have with this CD/DVD combo release. I appreciate what has been done, but wish it was complete. ... Read more


17. The Best of Van Morrison
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Van Morrison reputedly wasn't crazy about the idea of a greatest-hits package, and this set's haphazard programming--which leaps from period to period, style to style, tossing in two key singles by his mid-'60s band Them--speaks to his lack of involvement. Still, it rivals Moondance as Morrison's most popular album, and for a reason: like that classic, it offers one deeply soulful, spiritually and musically thoughtful track after another. Much of his more "difficult" work is ignored here; in fact, Best of... gives us an intriguing picture of a Van who's almost eager to please. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pop Music the way it should be
Van Morrison is one of the best songwriters out there. It's awesome to hear his voice and his songwriting talent skip around in different genres, from boogie rock like Brown-Eyed Girl and the spectacular Wild Night to British invasion hookey pop stuff like Gloria and Here Comes the Night to Cat Stevens-ish acoustic reflections like Sweetest Thing and Warm Love and finally to spiritual, decidedly Christian-themed lite rock like Cleaning Windows, Bright Side of the Road, and then God Shines His Light.

There's something very cinematic about his music too. It sounds like it belongs in the movies. It has that way on perfectly capturing the mood of human emotion that seems perfect for a soundtrack.

Unfortuantely, Morrison never really had the best voice around; he sort of screams with a little rasp- like a louder, fuller Dylan, but it's unique and adds a very Van-ish authenticity to his songs. Ultimately this CD is really just beautiful to listen to as a good collection of thoughtful, well-written pop tunes of various genres.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bard of Belfast
In the early 1990s Alan Parker filmed Roddy Doyle's wonderful book, The Commitments, about working class Irish kids trying to escape dead end jobs through the power of classic soul music. The band's lead singer--slightly pudgy but with a powerful voice and personality--reminded me at the time of a young Van Morrison. Of course, that's not much of a stretch--Doyle could very well have been basing some of his book on Morrison's early career.

The Best of Van Morrison provides a nice synopsis of Morrison's first three decades as the bard of Belfast. Those humble beginnings with the band Them presents a sound that was as raw as any of the bluesmen and soul artists that he admired and is represented by three songs: the bluesy "Baby Please Don't Go," the anthemic "Gloria," and the ballad "Here Comes the Night." Van's voice sounds more like a growl in these songs, more like Mick Jagger than the warm, smooth sound that would become his trademark.

The CD is not arranged chronologically, so I tend to group the songs by style rather than time period. Van's soul roots as a solo artist can be seen in how he favors background horns and female backup singers, as in "Domino," "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)," "Wonderful Remark," "Brown-Eyed Girl," "Warm Love," and "Wild Night."

The flip side to that is his jazzy style, born from that blues beginning merging with the stream of conscience noodling that saw its fullest expression on Astral Weeks. These songs--"Sweet Thing," "Moondance," "Queen of the Slipstream," "Have I Told You Lately," "Bright Side of the Road"--often have unconventional structures, time signatures, or keys and reflect Van's experimentation.

Often the purview of country music, Van likes the "story" song. His don't necessarily relate a narrative but instead capture characters or a time period. "And It Stoned Me" is a childhood reminescence, while "Cleaning Windows" tries to capture the simpler times when he performed manual labor.

And, lastly, there's the songs of faith, not quite gospel, but like contemporary Christian with more moderate lyrics. These songs--"Full Force Gale," "Whenever God Shines His Light," "Dweller on the Threshold," and "Did Ya Get Healed"--could be maudlin, but there's something about the assuredness of the delivery that overcomes your doubts regarding the message, at least for the duration of the song.

While containing all the radio hits, the total collection of 20 songs provides a great introduction to Van, who can be a little overindulgent and uneven in his albums. Once you become a confirmed fan, you're more likely to enjoy those experiments. Until then, this is your best one album collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars In Response To IVAVARIO
The new remaster has the unedited Brown Eyed Girl with the "Making Love in the green grass...." line intact.

Now for the review, this is a great compilation for the Van Morrision newbie. It contains his most famous songs, Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Gloria (with Them), Domino, Jackie Wilson Said..., Wild Night, Have I Told You Lately..., And It Stoned Me, among others.

The only song that should have been on here that wasn't is Caravan. Other than that a perfect 10.

A++

Once again, if you are irritated about the original taking out that infamous line in Brown Eyed Girl, get the remaster. It shouldn't be hard to find since the unremastered is out of print.

1-0 out of 5 stars I Hate This Dude
This horrible little idiot is SO annoying. His voice stinks and his lyrics are stupid. His music is only for idiots who are too brainwashed by outdated garbage music like this to realize that there is such a thing as a catchy beat.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Discovery
Having grown up in Generation X, I had no idea who Van Morrison was until a few years ago when I bought this CD for my father. He listened to it and loved it, and I borrowed it from him recently. I consider Van a great discovery.

I was blown away by how great the music on this album is. There are so many songs of Morrison's that I was familiar with but did not know that he was the singer. I feel very fortunate to have "discovered" such a great artist.

Though I'm not very familiar with Van's work, some songs here have become favorites of mine. These include:

'Have I Told You Lately': Later remade by Rod Stewart, this has become one of the classic love songs of all time. The original is best, with Morrison's throaty voice driving the vocals.

'Wild Night': Another song that has been remade, the original of 'Wild Night' is a bit rockier than John Mellencamp's version.

'Moondance': Now one of my favorite songs, 'Moondance' is a classic, laid-back jazzy tune with brilliant vocals and a terrific shuffle.

'Brown Eyed Girl': Year after year, the oldies radio station in Cleveland places this song at the top of their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. There's a reason why.

I've read a few reviews saying that this isn't as good a compilation of Morrison's material as could be made. I can't speak for them, because, as a newcomer, I don't know much about his music. I can say that this album is amazing, and has definitely done a good job of introducing me to the magic of Van Morrison. What more could a greatest hits album ask for? ... Read more


18. Tapestry
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Carole King was famous as a writer of girl-group hits in the '60s. In 1971, shebecame more famous. That's the year Tapestry became one of the biggest-sellingLPs of all time. It's easy to hear why--the music is loose, earthy, L.A. session-pop. Kingis casual, intimate, and tough; she covers all the emotional ground of the post-liberatedwoman with ease. She brings adult nuance to "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" andcomes up with hits ("It's Too Late," "I Feel the Earth Move") whose white-soul realismand maturity put pop hits to shame. --Steve Tignor --This text refers to an out of printor unavailable edition of this title. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Carole┬┐s everlasting tapestry with a rich and royal hue
OK, I've finally gotten around to reviewing one of the most popular albums of all-time. I've had this for a while but... Definitely Carole King's masterpiece, the thoughtful, comforting, inspiring, and richly-woven Tapestry shows not only her songwriting powers at their best, but proves she was able to turn out inspiring tunes for herself instead of sundry others as she did in the 1960's. She even does a few of those songs here as well. And behold the result. Tapestry yielded no less than four Grammy Awards for 1971: Album of the Year, Record of the Year for "It's Too Late", Song of the Year for "You've Got A Friend", and Pop Female Vocal. But I see in Tapestry, with its jamming piano and rolling rhythm a template for the sound of the 70's that influenced countless others, such as the Eagles, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and Karla Bonoff.
That familiar jamming keyboard starting off "I Feel The Earth Move" whose catchy rhythm will make one feel "as mellow as the month of May" if it catches one in the right frame of mind, of course. It maintains an upbeat jamming until the song's end, when the tempo gradually winds down. Martika and more recently Mandy Moore are at least two artists who have covered this song.

"So Far Away" is a slow, thoughtful, introspective song, well, "one more song about the highway" asking "doesn't anybody stay in one place any more?" Carole is on piano, and her friend James Taylor on guitar.

Then comes the Grammy-winner "It's Too Late" which is basically about how two people tried, but "something inside has died," and all from being "light and breezy" down to "look[ing] so unhappy." The key here is that something inside happened to one of the party, "or maybe we've just both stopped trying." Gloria Estefan covered this on her cover songs album, Hold Me Thrill Me.

One of my favourites here is "Home Again," about wanting to return home and having someone to talk to after being on the road. If Carole King was my psychiatrist, she'd give me an F for not following the mindset adopted in "Beautiful." She's clearly wondered why people are always sad but she believes that one is as beautiful as one feels. In that case, I'm ugly down to the bone at times. However, she comes up with an answer: "maybe love can end the madness/maybe not, oh, but we can only try." I'm still skeptical at her belief that a smile will get people to treat you better.

"Way Over Yonder" is a search for a true utopia without troubles, a place of "the sweet tasting good life." The sun shining down is nice, with the rivers of honey having some biblical connotations. "A garden of wisdom from long ago dream", huh? When's the next train?

The universally ever-inspiring "You've Got A Friend" would definitely have a place in my top 100 songs. This came out the same year as James Taylor's version. Apart from Carole's piano and Taylor's guitar, there's an accompanying string quartet. Ofra Haza did a cover of this on her last album but it didn't top this rendition. The words of the chorus are immortal, but my mind latches on to this particular verse: "Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend/when people can be so cold/they'll hurt you and desert you/and take your soul if you let them/oh, but don't you let them."

"Where you lead I will follow" goes the chorus on "Where You Lead" on this nice number on emotional fealty. Simple but comforting lyrics.

The oft-covered "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", originally done by the Shirelles, is done in a mellowed piano ballad, again with help on guitar by James Taylor, without the polish and extra sugar of the original.

The most uptempo song here is "Smackwater Jack" of someone who loses his head and shoots down the people in a church, only to be captured by a posse, but is hung instead of being brought to trial. While I note her belief in law and order and the injustice of justice without trial, I wonder if King embodies more traditional values. What would today's society think of "You can't talk to a man with a shotgun in his hand?" And if one thinks about it, isn't that the mentality which the US had in Iraq last March? The live version, one of two bonus tracks for the remaster, isn't bad.

It's only Carole here on piano with the title track, where she uses a tapestry as a metaphor for her life and that of a man of fortune whose ups and downs she sees in that tapestry. There's a degree of sadness when the tapestry unravels, just as the song starts to end. She does her own take of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", making it less brassy than Aretha Franklin's rendition.

With a sound that matches the rest of Tapestry, the bonus song "Out In The Cold" is a nice afterthought which doesn't spoil an album that's one of the most popular of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Massive Hit Album Matches the Hype
The track listing for Carole King's "Tapestry" almost makes it look like a Greatest Hits package. A collection of songs that includes singer-songwriter staples "I Feel the Earth Move," "It's Too Late," "You've Got a Friend," and "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman" would be a nice career for many artists. King accomplished them all on one album, selling 11 million copies and winning 4 Grammy awards in the process. Like Fleetwood Mac's similar sounding massive hit "Rumours," every song on "Tapestry" is instantly familiar to the ears.

King assembled a group of musicians including James Taylor and many of the top luminaries of the early 1970's West coast studio scene to back her up. The result is professional and polished with the trademark laid back feel from that period. The current CD edition that is now available augments the original recording by adding two bonus tracks (one a live version of "Sweetwater Jack") and recently penned liner notes from Taylor.

Overall, a stunning success that marked the high point of this remarkable singer-songwriter's career.

5-0 out of 5 stars Home, warmth, love and sincerity
Four words spring to mind whenever I hear this classic 1971 album from Carole King - home, warmth, love and sincerity. Even the half-lit album cover of a barefoot Carole with her cat sitting by a window somewhat evokes this. There's just something very reassuring and familiar about this album, perfect for listening to if you're feeling sentimental on a rainy day, or optimistic on a spring morning. "Tapestry" arrived at something of a strange time for music. The idealism and politically-inspired music of the 60's had come to an end, and as if to let everyone know the 60's had well and truly finished, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin had all passed on while the Beatles, the Supremes and Simon & Garfunkel had all gone their separate ways. Music seemed unsure where to go until glam rock and progressive rock developed, along with disco later. It was during this "void" in 1970/71 that songwriters of the 50's and 60's seem to emerge as the hitmakers of the day with songs that often told stories; people such as Neil Sedaka, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Carole King. "It's Too Late" was one of those songs I'd always hear on the radio and I bought "Tapestry" on the strength of liking that song alone. I recognized the titles "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman" from the versions made hits by The Shirelles and Aretha Franklin respectively, and when I listened to the album I discovered "I Feel The Earth Move" was the same song as that made a hit by Martika in the UK in 1989. There isn't one song on this album I don't like, but "So Far Away" is probably my favorite on the album. "You've Got A Friend" is another track that particularly stands out for me. I read an interview with Alanis Morissette in 1996 in which she said the middle 8 in that song just killed her every time she heard it, and I know what she means. You look forward to hearing it as much, if not more so, than the song itself. The simplicity of the recordings on this album by using just drums, piano and bass is very effective and what give the album it's weight in gold as much as Carole King's brilliant songwriting. In this case, less is definitely more. Terrific album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Carole King's 1971 Masterpiece!
If you remember listening to radio back in 1971 there was no way you wouldn't hear Carole King's beautiful "It's Too Late". This album contains that hit plus other gems such as "Smackwater Jack", "I Feel The Earth Move" (one of my all time favs), the beautiful ballad "So Far Away", the song James Taylor made so popular "You've Got A Friend" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". All classic songs! This edition of Tapestry also includes two unreleased songs "Out In The Cold" and "Smackwater Jack" (a live version). The entire cd is remastered and sounds great. Carole King was one cool and talented lady (she also wrote songs for The Monkees among others). If you like Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt then you'll love Carol King's classic "Tapestry".

5-0 out of 5 stars She's great, but there are others!!
I was just reviewing the reviews on Amazon of Carole King's "Tapestry" album (that's what we still call those discs) to get some info on something I'm putting together.

I see alot of people have just discovered this album in the last couple of years, at least judging by the Amazon.com hits/reviews. Great!

This was a HUGE LP when I was in H.S. (Class of '73)! And it was a great LP then and it still is. So, for those who liked that LP, have you tried "Between The Lines" by Janis Ian? Great lyrics & musicanship! 'Course, she'll make you want to slit your wrists with that album. But, I still throw it into the CD player, now and then.

For those of you who are willing to venture far(very way far)afield, for melancholic, but great writing, try Sinatra's "In The Wee Small Hours" LP/CD, or his happier "love" CD (and also with great writing) "Songs For Swinging Lovers." These two albums, like Carole King's, are also "concept" albums, wherein the whole album is like a "story", or they are trying to evoke a certain and specific mood.

Later, in the mid Seventies, I discovered the probably ultimate "concept" album. That is Willie Nelson's "Red Headed Stranger" album.

Try these albums, even if you "think" you don't like these "genres". ... Read more


19. Live in Hawaii (With Bonus DVD)
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Recorded live at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu on January 28, 2004 and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, Hawaii on January 30, 2004."Live In Hawaii" is a two CD set with 29 tracks as well as a bonus DVD containing 16 minutes of exclusive footage from the shows.Guest artists include Martin Denny, Henry Kopono and an introduction from legend, Don Ho. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT RECIPE
Now that spring is at long last here, here's my Perfect Recipe for my weekend Bar-B-Qs,

1. Mix five full blenders of Margaritas. Put a couple of cases of beer in an ice bucket.

2. Fire up the grill with lots of meat ready to sizzle.

3. If you've got a five CD disc changer that does "random play" like mine does, get the speakers outside and put on

1. The first disc of this CD
2. The second disc of this CD
3. Jabanoski's "Key West Party CD"
4. Jabanoski's "Key West/Island Of Dreams"
5. "Key West Liz" O'Connors "Legacy of Love"

and REPEAT AS NECESSARY!

You and your friends will be in the tropics all day and night even if you are in Maryland like us or some other place where palm trees don't grow.

I've read alot of the reviews of this CD and eveyone seems to take it all so seriously. I get enough seriousness at work Monday thru Friday. What ever happened to just having FUN with great music made by great musicians?

5-0 out of 5 stars "Hawaii" is Excellent (But "Key West" is Even Better)
I disagree with critics on this page who say this fith live album is a ripoff. Yes the song list is almost identical on each of them but the song titles are listed quite clearly on the cd and here on Amazon, so if you didn't want to hear different versions of the same songs then you shouldn't have bought the cd. As for myself, being a Parrothead is like being an alcoholic or a compulsive gambler. You can never get enough. So I enjoyed this as much as I've enjoyed the rest of the live cd packages. I actually think this is the best of them. Jimmy seems to have alot more energy on this one.
I do agree with the critics who say that "Roadkill" Bill Jabanoski's "Key West, Florida ..Island Of Dreams" is the far superior album if your only going to buy one. Although Jabanoski's style is completely different then Jimmy's, he reminds you of the more wreckless and wild Jimmy from back in the seventies and his songs are as good as anything on "A1A" or "Changes In Latitudes" and that's a major compliment coming from a phanatic Parrothead like me. My advice to anyone is to buy both.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Recent Live Shows - EXCELLENT!
I have all the live releases and this one is the absolute best one.
Why are so many people downing Jimmy?
at least he comes out with new material unlike a lot of "older" artists and even newer ones.
of course an artist will sing his own songs every night.
They're his songs! duh...
I don't think anyone complained when Townes Van Zandt sang the same songs every night.

thanks for lining my shelves with some awesome Jimmy Buffett shows I would never have if it weren't for a brave Jimmy willing to release them at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Same songs, Same JB, but great DVD . . . .
Yeah, it's just the same old Jimmy Buffett songs again here, but if you are a true JB fan, you'll love hearing this 2 CD set.However, this time, I bought the CD just for the 16 minute DVD, which was incredible.I just wish it was a little longer.The quality of the DVD is fantastic. It just doesn't get any better, unless they made it longer. Maybe some day he will put together a full DVD with all of his greatest hits.Until then, I'll keep buying his live concerts. If you like JB at all, you will love this "live" CD and special DVD too.
Aloha

1-0 out of 5 stars MORE OLD STUFF???????????????
Dang.....I like JB ok, but how many cds is he going to put out with the same old stuff? It's like the man has a "new" cd out every week. I have his boxed set....that's enough. ... Read more


20. Moondance
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Sales Rank: 492
Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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Van Morrison went a long way towards defining his wild Irish heart with his first two classic albums: the brooding, introspective Astral Weeks (1968), and the expansive, swinging Moondance. If the first was the work of a poet, its sequel was the statement of a musician and bandleader. Moondance is that rare rock album where the band has buffed the arrangements to perfection, and where the sax solos instead of the guitar. The band puts out a jazzy shuffle on "Moondance" and plays it soulful on "These Dreams of You." The album includes both Morrison's most romantic ballad ("Crazy Love") and his most haunting ("Into the Mystic"). "And It Stoned Me" rolled off Morrison's tongue like a favorite fable, while "Caravan" told a tale full of emotional intrigue. Moondance stood out in the rock world of 1970 like a grownup in a kiddie matinee. --John Milward ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Own Private "Moondance" with Van.....
This review refers to the Warner Bros. audio tape of Van Morrison's "Moondance"....

I have to confess...I bought this "fantabulous" album on tape so I could pop it in my walkman and have my own private time with Van Morrison, his band and the exhilarating music. But alas, I always get caught. The music and the lyrics are just ones that I can't help singing aloud with(you know...'LA LA LA LA... LA LA LA'...), and playing on my own air instruments!

The familiar and soothing voice, the soulful and oh so recognizable tunes, will "let your soul and spirit fly Into The Mystic". It's always "a marvelous night for a Moondance", and who could ever tire of "Come Running" and "Caravan". So 'rock your Gypsy soul', 'turn it up',and fall in love again to "Crazy Love".....'she give me love love love love...crazy love'.It'll 'seem like and feel like' a "Brand New Day" every time you play it.

All the great sounds of the vocals and the band, including the wonderful solos sound great on this tape.If you are just starting to collect Van Morrison, start with this one.It's definitive of his work and one that you just won't be able to get enough of... 'And so you know, it's got soul'(see buying info for complete list of songs)

Van..."Can I have just one more 'Moondance' with you"??? Just let me know and I'll "Come Running"....
enjoy...Laurie

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a marvelous night for "Moondance"
Moondance is a wonderful album. Van Morrison is a truly gifted songwriter, not to mention his wonderful, yet unique voice. If you want to hear music that is more flash and glitz and commercialism, give Moondance a listen. Just reading the lyrics to this album could stir your soul. The lyrics are amazing, and the music is great too. In addition to the great acoustic guitar playing, bass and drums, Van has also added saxophones, flutes, clarinets and pianos to many of the songs, giving the album a rather distinct sound. My favorites are Come Running, Moondance, These Dreams Of You, Caravan and of course, the BEST song on the album, maybe Van Morrison's best song: Into The Mystic. This album would get 5 stars just for Into The Mystic even if all the other songs were bad. Fortunately though, that's not the case. Moondance is marvelous from start to finish.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ice cold audio orange juice
It's not as complex, beautiful and enigmatic as "Astral Weeks" and it's not as much of a soulful, one-two-punch workout as "Blowin' Your Mind," but for sheer, consistent, horn-driven happiness, you can't do much better than "Moondance."

But because of my affection for those other two disks, I admit, I generally tend to underrate this album. But "Moondance" keeps coming back to me in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times: I'll hear "Caravan" in "The Last Waltz," or "Everyone" at the end of "The Royal Tenenbaums" or "Glad Tidings" three times in the "Sopranos" Season 5 finale, or notice "Into the Mystic" on the PA at the grocery store and be reminded that I need to let it out to play more often. That's the sign of a truly great musical work.

1-0 out of 5 stars he got stoned all rite!
yo my parentz lissen tu dis cd! i mean theyre old, and i am an informed consumer uv hot topic clothing! so i must have a better taste in muzak, rite? i mean, da shtuff i lissen too is on da billbored chartz! like, American Idol peeps so bust Van da man fer rekord salez!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction in Van Morrison
I was only familiar with the Brown Eyed Girl and Gloria Van Morrison but bought this because of the strong 5 star rating with nearly 130 reviews. They are right. This is a great CD filled with easily listened to (not easy listening) music. The lyrics are absolutely heartfelt. The speed of the music fluctuates from not to fast to slow and cool. This would be great entertaining music for a small group of people or just for that one person. ... Read more


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