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21. Magical Mystery Tour
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The album feels even more like a collection of singles (instead of an actual movie soundtrack) than Help! or A Hard Day's Night, but maybe that's because every song sounds like it could have been a hit single--with the natural exception of the goofy/weird instrumental "Flying." Even George's "Blue Jay Way" paints a vivid sound-portrait in fascinating detail. (I consider Joni Mitchell's "Car on the Hill" from Court and Spark to be a companion piece about sitting in the Hollywood Hills, waiting for somebody to show up.)And although the goofy TV movie may have been mostly Paul's baby, this album features the two 45 rpm masterpieces that sum up the quintessential best of Lennon and McCartney at this stage of their development: Paul's "Penny Lane" and John's "I Am the Walrus." --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy The Tour Through Strawberry Fields And Penny Lane
At first impression, this Beatle recording is devoid of many rock n roll elements. Where are the guitars? And oh so many brass and string arrangments.

However, what stands out the most are the melodies. Most of them are extremely catchy. This certainly overrides the lack of a good guitar/bass presence. Really its just a minor beef when you are dealing with Lennon and McCartney.

Anyway, Strawberry Fields Forever is one of John's most reverred songs at least to my ears. The delightful arrangement and keyboard tones just take me to a delightful other world.

And Penny Lane is such a cheery bouncy tune that it warms your soul with its presence. Paul's vocal accents are oh so charming.

Outside of those two standout tunes, the lighweight Your Mother Should Know has a pleasing sing a long appeal and steady drumming. I Am The Walrus is another one of Lennon's trippy gems. And simple was never so effective in the album closer, All You Need Is Love.

A few little drawbacks. Flying is a nothing special instrumental interlude. Blue Jay Way gets pretty tiresome fast. And The Magical Mystery Tour sure could have been stretched out a little more both lyrically and with the piano jam at the end. However, there are plenty of good tunes on here for a four star rating.

4-0 out of 5 stars First tracks for Sgt. Peppers are on Magical Mystery Tour
More a collection of singles than any other album the Beatles recorded, Magical Mystery Tour has some wonderful songs. Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane were the first two songs recorded for the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album, but didn't fit as the concept album developed. Those songs were the impetus that began this adventure. Much more a Paul influenced album (as was Sgt Pepper's) there are a few non memorable, but great Paul songs ie Hello, Goodbye and Your Mother Should Know. John wrote only 3 of the songs, but All You Need Is Love was a defining anthem for a period of time where the worlds culture was strongly influenced by the Beatles. (All You Need Is Love was chosen by Britain to represent their nation in the first world wide transmission of television. That's pretty damn historic stuff!) The surreal sound and imagery of Strawberry Fields is one of the best experimental tracks ever recorded by the Beatles. Baby You're A Rich Man, like A Day In The Life on Sgt. Pepper is a song where Paul and John collaberated together in writing. As in the latter, each wrote their part of the song and blended them together. The collaberation was something they had not done often the last year and a half, and would not take advantage of again until Abbey Road. This may be one of the fab four weakest albums, (only Let It Be could be considered a cousin) but it was and is a Beatles album and they never produced anything bad. Appreciation for the Beatles will live forever because of their unique dynamic, incredible talent and their passion for writing and recording. They were the hardest working band in rock and roll and should enjoy the pinnacle of fame and success they worked so hard to earn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great poll topper!!!
Recently,a poll was taken as to which songs were the greatest ever,with many songs from Tour making the list... sniveling malcontents can cry over that fact,but the truth is the truth,oh,its true!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Magical Mystery Mediocrity
"Mind altering music"....yeah sure, believe what you want. And exactly what is the "phycadelia" regarding I Am the Walrus? One of the worst albums of 1967. Easily.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mind-altering album
If anyone has anything bad to say about this album, then their tongue with which they taste music would be missing taste buds. This 11-track album is a mind-altering experience, starting out with the all-around fun Magical Mystery Tour and the beautiful Fool on the Hill, and ending with a flourish, the inspiring All you Need is Love. In between there is the nonsense phycadelia song, I am the Walrus, and many others. If I had to pick the weakest song, iit would have to be from another album from another band, as this one is a masterpiece. If you liked Sgt Pepper, then you'll eat this one up. Of course, there could be no better endorsement than from John Lennon, who said it was the best Beatles album. It truly is a magical mystery. ... Read more


22. Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collection
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Like the Beatles' The Beatles 1, this rundown of Stevie Wonder chestnuts is merciless in cutting a huge list of classic tracks down to a single disc's worth of the most recognizable. Anyone who's treasured even one or two of these songs and yet never bought a Wonder record will be more than pleased with the acquisition of The Definitive Collection. These records continue to ring with importance and history, but more important, all except two or three remain fresh and capable of surprising even veteran fans. Those listeners may note, though, that Wonder is among the few performers who could release a retrospective containing 15 No. 1 R&B hits and still invite the complaint that the album felt incomplete--not least in explaining how the man transformed himself from a multitalented teenage hitmaker into the funk-pop visionary of Talking Book, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life.--Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Overjoyed
Lots of classic Stevie is packed onto this single disc collection, no doubt about that. It's in chronological order, which means "Fingertips" kicks off the set--dating all the way back to 1962! A small handful of his early work is represented, including "I Was Made To Love Her," but this set really picks up steam in the middle with his brilliant work from the 1970's. Songs like "You Haven't Done Nothing," "Living For The City," "Superstition," "Higher Ground," "Sir Duke" and "Master Blaster" (actually from 1981) are all brilliant and rank among the very best pop and soul music from that period. Wonder's work declined a bit after that, and although "Part Time Lover" and "I Just Called To Say I Love You" were huge hits, they don't hold a candle to the great stuff mentioned earlier. If you're a casual Wonder fan and simply want the biggest hits over the course of his long career, this is for you. But a strong case can be made for the brilliant compilation "Musiquarium." Then go back and find a reasonably priced collection of his 1960's work. There won't be any overlap, and you'll have all the essential Stevie without any of his lesser works.

5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive Steve Wonder htis collection...for now...
The first collection of Stevie Wonder hits came out in 1968, when he was still a teenager. Of course, as a pre-teen "Little" Stevie gave Motown its first #1 album. In retrospect 1968 turned out to be a pivotal year in Wonder's career, which began covering Ray Charles songs and whose first hit "Fingertips, Part 2" actually came as a pre-teen, because that was the year he finally started writing most of the songs on his album (e.g., "My Cherie Amour"). The Wonder years definitively come in the early Seventies when he was putting out albums like "Music of My Mind," "Talking Book," "Innervisions," and "Songs in the Key of Life." This explains why the middle part of this collection is the best. Stevie Wonder is one of those artists where an album like this presenting his best work should give you impetus to go check out his best albums. Certainly there are artists where a good hits collection is all you need to have in your music library, but Stevie Wonder would not be one of those artists whose distinctive blend of odd riffs, incessant modulations and unpredictable melodies take advantage of his three-octave range. Yes, if you have but one Stevie Wonder album "The Definitive Collection" would be the one to get, but you should also explore at least the middle pair of the above referenced quartet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collection
Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collection~ Stevie Wonder is an amazing collection from a very tallented songwriter and musician. He is intelligent yet not prententious and seems to have great time making his music. A must have...

5-0 out of 5 stars 21 Songs To Adjust Your Mood
This collection is awesome!! Stevie Wonder's music remains timeless. 15 number 1 hits!! Plus 6 more that reigned at the top of the charts! Stevie Wonder's genius cannot be squashed into one CD but they did a GREAT job trying. We all may have our favorites, some have been left out BUT 21 Stevie songs is nothing to complain about. If you grew up with his music, this CD will transport you right back to that time, and leave you overjoyed. A time when EVERYBODY knew all the words to EVERY song, because EVERY cut on the album was great. If you were too young, you still won't be able to keep from groovin' to this CD. Invite some friends & family over. Through the burgers on the grill. Pop in this CD. Feet can't help but move, heads will be boppin', as everyone relaxes to Stevie Wonder's heart and soul he put into his music.

Also, the CD insert is worth reading. A good bit of trivia that they included was how each song rated on the R&B, Pop and Adult Contemporary charts.

5-0 out of 5 stars left out a small number of good songs, but the rest is tight
Love this album, nearly every song is a gem ... Read more


23. The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning
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From the perspective of 15 subsequent platinum albums and 20 top-10 hits, it's hard to imagine that Chicago began their career as a bona fide prog-fusion act, an early FM radio favorite whose jazz-tinged, album-length suites found them a hip cult following even as they confounded label execs. Ironically, when the pioneering horn band (a contemporary of Blood, Sweat & Tears and inspiration for one-hit wonders like Lighthouse, Ides of March, and Ten Wheel Drive) relented and allowed their music to be edited down to single length, their success was explosive. Most of the "single edits" on disc 1 of this 39-track anthology provide ample evidence of that de facto formula: a catchy riff ("25 or 6 to 4," "Saturday in the Park," "Color My World") develops into a hook-filled, pop-savvy production rife with the band's trademark horn perfection. One could argue that that sensibility--and a midcareer tilt toward producer David Foster, songwriter Diane Warren, and the MOR ballads that became some of their biggest successes--degenerated into formula. Indeed, there's much on the second disc to support that notion. This set spans it all, showcasing newly refocused edits of some their biggest early hits and lesser-known tracks like their lively '95 cross-cultural collaboration with the Gipsy Kings on a cover of Louis Prima's swing classic "Sing, Sing, Sing." --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, THE DEFINITIVE CHICAGO COLLECTION..ALMOST!!
FINALLY, AFTER MANY YEARS OF SEEING FRAGMENTED CHICAGO HITS COLLECTIONS...WE HAVE THE DEFINITIVE ANTHOLOGY...ALMOST! I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE COLLECTION OF SONGS--THEY ARE GREAT AND STAND ON THEIR OWN. HOWEVER, REMEMBER WHAT MADE CHICAGO'S EARLY EFFORTS UNIQUE--SOME SONGS WERE RECORDED LIVE WITH EXTENDED "JAMMING" UTILIZING STRONG, IMAGINATIVE BRASS ARRANGEMENTS AND PERCUSSION. WITH THIS IN MIND, I HAD A HARD TIME SWALLOWING "BEGINNINGS" WITHOUT THE PERCUSSION ENDING, THE MISSING PERCUSSION BREAK IN "I'M A MAN", THE EDITED BRASS BREAK IN "TAKE ME BACK TO CHICAGO," AND WORST OF ALL, THE TOTAL BUTCHERING OF "DIALOGUE, PARTS ONE AND TWO." IF CD SPACE WAS A CONSIDERATION IN THESE CUTS, SEVERAL OF THE LATER 90'S SONGS COULD HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT INSTEAD, OR BETTER YET, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT 35 YEARS OF MUSIC, THIS COULD HAVE BEEN MADE INTO A 3 CD SET TO ALSO INCLUDE "HARRY TRUMAN","LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW", AND THE ENTIRE "BALLET FOR A GIRL IN BUCHANNON." OTHER THAN THESE ISSUES, I WILL PLAY THIS CD INTO THE GROUND.

4-0 out of 5 stars Career-Spanning Chicago Set Sure To Make You Smile
Chicago's 35-year history is essentially that of two bands. The seven piece rock into pop group spent the 1970s touring nearly endlessly, scoring five straight #1 albums featuring Top 10 songs written by nearly all its members: trombonist James Pankow (the wedding ballad "Color My World," "Just You and Me," "I've Been Searching So Long,") trumpeter Lee Loughnane ("Call On Me," ) and keyboard player and acknolwedged group leader Robert Lamm ("Beginnings," "Questions 67 and 68.") Bassist Peter Cetera's high, emotional voice, showcased on lush ballads like "If You Leave Me Now" and the exquisite "Baby What a Big Surprise," became the group's calling card. After 1982's huge, welcome comeback hit "Hard To Say I'm Sorry," the group scored a second set of similar weepy power ballads sung mostly by Bill Champlin ("Look Away," "I Don't Want To Live Without Your Love," "Hard Habit To Break")

"Only The Beginning" covers this uneasy mix with typical, professional Rhino Records quality. Hearing "Now More Than Ever" back on the group's debut hit "Make Me Smile" refreshes that classic, and the group's early hits that follow recall how groundbreaking their sound was its first years. You get songs escaping previous one-disc hit collections ("Free," "Lowdown," "I'm A Man,") while others ("Beginnings," "Dialogue," butchered on the group's second greatest hits set from 1981) trim to managable lengths from the group's sometimes self-indulgent song suites (the band itself help produce and mix this set).

Cetera's acrimonious 1985 departure (replaced by the equally capable Jason Scheff) saw Chicago de-emphasize its horn strength and settle into a thudding synthesized ballad style which refueled many 1970s bands (Heart, the unmasked KISS). Produced by Ron Nevison, written mostly by Diane Warren, "We Can Last Forever" runs into "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" into "Chasing The Wind" until you turn up the sound seeing if Walter Parazaider or any band brassman even showed for the sessions. These songs, welcome when hits against the dance and girl group pop of the time, wear thin one against another. The group's rendition of Benny Goodman's "Sing Sing Sing" from 1995's "Night and Day" CD eases the tension and brings Chicago's story full circle. (That story, documented in Bill DeYoung's liner notes, glosses over the death of guitarist Terry Kath, and the circumstances of Cetera's departure and that of drummer Danny Seraphine in 1990.)

Chicago IX, its first best-of, remains the defintive timepiece of the first group incarnation and one of the 1970s best such sets. All those songs are included here, many expanded. Take what songs touched you from the rest and you're left with a recommended, not quite essential, collection from one of rock's least publicized yet Hall of Fame worthy survivor's stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great album from THE greatest music group EVER!
This is the helluva great album, I recommend it to everyone out there who enjoys music, and of course is a MUST for all Chicago fans!!!!! I loved the album so much, I got 8 more copies for friends and my family!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars No Question .... One of the All Time Great Groups!
If you don't know about Chicago, you should!

"25 0r 6 to 4," "Beginnings" and "Questions" are just some of the popular masterpieces. I saw them in 1997 in Fond du Lac, WI
...hadn't lost any of their luster.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you leave me now ... essential!
I admit, I am not a huge fan of Chicago but one cannot ignore their contribution to the 70's and 80's. This nice 2-CD set captures their career (with a few omissions, as with any compilation).

I never tire of hearing "If You Leave Me Now", it has the most beautiful trumpets throughout, particularly near the end. I would rate this song as one of the best ballads of the 70's. It's follow-up "Baby, What a Big Surprise" wasn't as enjoyable, only chartered moderately, but does feature Peter Cetera's voice.

1982 was also a big year for this band with "Hard to say I'm sorry". This success carried on through to 1984 with "hard habit to break" and the annoying "You're the Inspiration".

Peter Cetera left the band in 1985, and the group failed to make much impact internationally after that. ... Read more


24. Jagged Little Pill
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Her intensely personal lyrics grabbed the headlines, but the bravest departure here is the way Morissette's unique vocals stand naked in the mix--a technique that drives home the painful honesty of tracks like "Right Through You," "Forgiven," and "All I Really Want."Sheryl Crow or an earthier Tori Amos are fair analogies, but Morissette is a genuine original with a rare ability to make listeners care, think, and question.--Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing truth and variety of emotions bring Morissette alive
A few months ago I had never really heard mush of Alanis, except for 'Head Over Feet,''Ironic,' and I danced the Rumba to 'Thank U.' The songs were okay, but when asked to speak of great music artist, she was not even in my top twenty. Then my friend Ali gave me 'Jagged Little Pill' as a gift. I have never been so surprised by an album, nor have listened to it as much in so short a time. The power of her lyrics and the variety of beats seem to speak right to a person, and aren't at all superficial.

'Perfect,' my all-time favorite, is heart-wrenching the the fact that it is true in so many places, but is then followed by 'Hand in My Pocket,' showing that though seh will go through things it doesn't seem she can handle, she can come out on top. 'Forgiven' is a torn and tattered ballad that seems to sear you within with it's pathetic cries, and 'Mary Jane' will be one that thousands of people can understand, either in 1st or 3rd person.

Her sassy and angry music are great at times, and show that she isn't all whiny ballads and 'hurting,' that she can kick someone's butt if need be. But the one that shows the most soul is the hidden track at the end, which she does acapella. If you want to know Morisette, listen to that.

4-0 out of 5 stars With feeling
The '90s was a decade marked by good CDs from many female rockers, such as Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, and Sarah McLachlan, but Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is clearly one of the stickouts. Moreover, among well-known '90s CDs, only Nirvana's Nevermind and Pearl Jam's Ten compare to "Pill" in intensity. But Alanis's songwriting is more consistent track for track than Kurt Cobain's or Eddie Vedder's. On this album, her introspective lyrics and riveting vocals are complemented by a smoking band featuring members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Any musical shortfall is made up for by the fire and panache of Alanis and her backers.

Each cut on Pill is marked by sharp guitar riffs and clever lyrical hooks. Interestingly, the songs seem to change tempo and intensity more often than the norm, moving between slow/soft and fast/loud, giving Alanis a chance to express her angst in different musical settings. The rhythm guitar blasts in the choruses of "You Oughta Know," "You Learn," and "Ironic" are staples of FM radio, with intense and passionate vocals by Alanis. In the slower moments she also sings well, softly beautiful or showing good range, as in "Mary Jane." In "Head Over Feet," she demonstrates her ability to sing effectively in all the musical grooves. Opinions vary on this album--I have it coming barely short of five stars--but what I don't see at all is any shortfall in Alanis's vocals, which are superb. You'll find many good songs and some great ones, and consistently strong performances by the lead singer.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Unquestionnably The Best Album of The 90s"
I never really liked Alanis until i heard "Ironic"..i then listened to her album and...wow, i jus completely changed my view on her. My personal favourite is "You Oughta Know", its just...rage and emotion, some think she's crazy, but..i think thats good music. Same goes to "Right Through U" and "Unforgiven". All the songs on this album are different from each other. They have different meanings and topics,no wonder why she won album of the year at the Grammys. I also love "Hand In My Pocket" and "You Learn". I love the harmonica in "Head Over Feet", u jus cant match it. "Mary Jane" really shows her vocal ability and her hittin the high notes, i guess u can call it the "ballad" on the album.Overall, whoever doesnt have this album..its a must, ur missin out.

1-0 out of 5 stars Fingernails on a blackboard.........
If you like the sound of someone dragging their fingernails across a blackboard you'll love the sound of Alanis Morrisette's voice. Bad does not adequately describe this disaster of an album. I recommend playing this loudly and contiuously to death row inmates and then releasing the inmates...........they've suffered enought.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt, soulful... buy it.
There are so many tracks on this album that are quality music. This was my introduction to Alanis' music and over the years I've watched her grow up, physically and metaphysically, and she's come a long way. Alanis isn't fake-y and she isn't just pulling a gimmick to get you to buy her albums (unlike Madonna, with the exception of Ray of Light by Madonna). Alanis has a pretty good website too, so if you're a fan, you should probably check that out as well. As a lyricist, her writing is somewhat subtle... some people may think the words are meaningless or insane, but really the meaning is deep and thoughtful. I appreciate her not treating her fans like they are brainless robots, there is much more to Alanis than first appearances would lead you to believe. In fact, of all the "stars" out there, if I could meet any of them, I would choose Alanis.

And yeah, I'd be so embarrassed if she read this. hehe ... Read more


25. Absolution
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One can't listen to Muse without hearing Bends-era Radiohead, so it's necessary to start there. But for all the familiar grandeur and gloom, Muse's other catharsis-rock influences, like Queen, Slade, and even Black Sabbath, provide the band with a dazzling, heart-on-their-sleeves theatricality. Always threatening to layer on another falsetto from singer Matt Bellamy, or conjure more guitar crunch from the ether, Absolution is downright Baroque in parts, like a Rufus Wainwright-penned rock opera fantasy. Yes, the record is completely unoriginal. But when these guys let it rip, there's no doubt they have the fever. "Stockholm Syndrome," for one, could only be produced by True Believers with a lust for power chord drama, full of angst, envy, and the bitter end of it all. If you wish a certain Thom Yorke-led outfit from Oxford had made another record or two before evolving into minor-key art rockers, Muse carry the torch for another few miles, gloriously and tragically unaware that they're running in circles. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Finally getting what they deserve...
I normally don't do this but after reading these reviews I felt I have something to say. I feel I need to defend Matthew Bellamy because he is not just a Thom Yorke spin-off (and Muse are not simply Radiohead clones as they have been accused of). I'm not saying Matt hasn't studied him, thats obvious. Matt has taken elements from Yorke and others (Freddy Mercury) and molded his voice to be one of the most haunting and elevating voices in rock. The music itself has also taken some heat for sounding like Radiohead. First, try to find a band (a UK band especially)post-The Bends that hasn't been influenced by Radiohead in some way. And Second...NO! With much respect to Radiohead, they could never rock as hard as Muse.
That said, Absolution is another solid, rockin' album from Muse. Having been a fan since Showbiz, and making countless Muse fans out of almost all of my friends and their friends, it's great to see that they are still keeping it fresh and not slowing down. Thank you Muse, and I'll see you on April 23rd!

5-0 out of 5 stars this band is muse-ic to the ears...
Absolution is Muse's best album, narrowly edging out Origin of Symmetry. The songs have all got kind of a prog rock sensibilty, but never get to bogged down in being pretentious. When this album hits the hights of its achievment (Sing for Absolution, Endlessly, Stockholm Syndrome for example) it really hits, and Muse take you off into another (usually sadder, or angrier) world. There is seriously transendance happening here folks, somthing that very few bands can achieve.
There is a real range of music styles on this album as well, Time is Running Out and Thoughts of a Dying Atheist are pretty much radio genius, Stockholm Syndrome is almost pure rock fury, and Endlessly ventures into distinctly 'euro-pop' territory. Butterflies and Hurricanes is the most unabashedly prog peice on the album - it breaks into a classical piano peice in the middle! Falling Away from You and Blackout are also very good songs, but they suffer somewhat becuase they are wedged between really incredible songs.
Muse offer some of the best and most dynamic songwriting in music today, and it's foolish not to pick up this CD when it is so incredibly cheap. (Consider that I paid $25 to import it from the UK!) Try this CD out and you will not be dissapointed.

That, said...Let's clear something up:
Muse do not sound like Radiohead. While Matt Bellamy and Thom Yorke do have similar vocal ranges, they are used for completly different purposes. Even in the Bends era, Yorke sings with a kind of restrained unconfidence, and even when he gets down to 'rockin' there is a feeling of hesitation - check Creep or 2+2=5 if you want some evidence.
With Muse, there is never hesitation. Muse are a band that are truly sure of their abilites, and they attack each song with an abandon and confidence that spills over into their music. When Muse play, a certain kind of powerchord abandon is felt, something that Radiohead do not (and do not want to) pull off. Simply put, Muse rock out. Radiohead never forgets to be measured, intelligently removed and restrained.
Bellamy's vocals channel Freddie Mercury, or in slower songs, David Sylvian, far more often than they will remind one of Yorke's. The Radiohead comparisons are really a measure of degree - the degree being if you think that because both of them have high voices, they must sound alike.
This argument doesn't even cover the actual music, which is painfully different, and readily apparent to the ear. Why? Muse are not Radiohead diciples - they listened to Nirvana, and Pearl Jam, and this early American influence, along with classic rock bands like Queen shows through. ex: Radiohead = little guitar, more bipping and booping. Muse = powerchords and classical styled piano peices.

4-0 out of 5 stars It Makes me Pine for...
This spirited album by Muse makes me pine so much for Radiohead circa '95-97, those years prior to the latter band's corruption via Kid A. Anyway, Muse rock with a vitality and an energy not common to many contemporary bands--just check out the emotive, wailing "Time is Running Out" for proof of what Radiohead, Wilco, and others have eschewed in favor of supposedly "nobler" musical pursuits. "Absolution" will not save the world, it will not make us view post-modernism in a different light, it will not deconstruct recorded sound--but it will provide for an exciting, enthralling, and ultimately rewarding listen.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just a worse radiohead.
when you try and turn radiohead into shallow, easy listening rock-pop, it becomes muse. It sounds like radiohead but has lost the experimental, ground breaking quality radiohead has.

So if you like cathy pop music on MTV you will like this album. But, if you like listening to revolutionary, dark, experimental music, just listen to radiohead.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Apocalypse Please
A convoluted metaphor for you:

Radiohead = father
Incubus = mother

It's as if Radiohead and Incubus, horrified at the thought of not having a child, adopted Dexter Freebish. Years later, the doting couple finally had their first-born, Muse. Not being the favorite, Freebish tinkered with Muse's mind a bit while the first-born took musical inspiration from its mother and father. The result: Muse's skillfully crafted and complex ("Butterflies and Hurricanes" and "Hysteria") sound that operates, at times, on subtle simple elegance ("Time Is Running Out" and "Ruled By Secrecy"). The lyrics fall in between Incubus' blatantly explicit stories and Radiohead's befuddling, cycphered words and work wonderfully and often keep the record aloft. They obviously know how to write a catchy hook while keeping it meaningful. This is a must-own record of wonderfully evocative rock for Radiohead fans and/or those who don't enjoy the bizarre subtleties of Radiohead. ... Read more


26. Hits
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For better or worse, Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" was the "Stairway to Heaven" of the '80s, winning radio stations' listener polls and even lending its designer threat to an episode of Miami Vice. Hits recalls the days when the Collins name on a disc ensured its immediate embrace by programmers and the public. How you feel about these songs will depend on how you felt about them then; despite the undeniable niceness of "Take Me Home" and "One More Night," they're unlikely to win over anyone who didn't adore them to begin with. Those who cared, though, will no doubt be gladdened to find most of Collins's biggest tunes together on one disc. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars (Nearly) all of the great songs.
Whether or not you like a "Best Of" is also dependent on whether or not you like the artist - so, if you doesn't like Phil Collins radio-pop-songs ("One More Night", "Another Day In Paradise" etc.) this certainly isn't the record to buy! If you, however, know only a couple of the songs, and like those, you can be sure: You will probably like all those songs.

"Hits" is a great collection of Phil's songs, because it includes a lot of songs not from his ordinary albums ("Against All Odds", "Two Hearts", "Easy Lover", "Separate Lifes" from movies and more), which makes it worth the money, even if you have his albums.

All the hits included on this album deserves to be there, but there are some missing tracks. Of course, the CD can only have so many minutes, but still, "Don't Lose My Number" should not be let out - this is a REAL classic of Phil! Disappointing. Instead, a new and somewhat boring track ("True Coulors") has been included, which I don't think was necesary to get the fans to buy this album. Other missing hits are "Do You Remember" and "Everyday", but that's O.K. - there isn't space on the CD, and a double-CD would be overrated.

Still, the masterpieces included are: "Against All Odds", "Dance Into The Light", "Both Sides", "Susudio", "Another Day In Paradise", "One More Night", "Separate Lives", "I Wish It Would Rain Down" ... so there's no doubt that this is an excellent collection of fantastic songs.

A must for everyone who likes Phil Collins voice.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best greatest hits CDs I've ever owned
Phil Collins is one of my all-time favorite musicians of all time. Only Peter Gabriel in my opinion rivals Phil. This fantastic collection of his music from 1981-1998 is what I said 'FANTASTIC!'. It's a great collection of most of Phils biggest hits from the ominous thundering drums of the angry bad blood vibe of 'In The Air Tonight' to the Prince 1999-esque 'Sussudio' to the ever so timeless Another Day In Paradise(One of my childhood favorites). This CD even has cuts from his more obscure albums like 1993 incredibly underrated Both Sides and 1996s Dance Into The Light also vastly underrated. This CD could've included Do You Remember, I Missed Again & Father To Son and it could've included more songs from the Both Sides and Dance Into The Light albums and even some more new songs and made this collection a double album but the exclusions of these songs is made up for by the inclusions of his hit songs from soundtracks that are long out of print. Examples of these are the upbeat Two Hearts, Easy Lover & the intimate and powerful Against All Odds which is one of Phils most beautiful ballads to date. This CD also has a new song called True Colors. True Colors was originally done by Cindi Lauper in 1986 which was a hit. While I like the original Phil Collins improves it with his own spin to it by even adding some Celtic Uillian pipes for an even better suprise. I hope Phil adds some more worldly sounds in his music just like Peter Gabriel does. Dance Into The Light was a great first step in my opinion. Even then Phil will always remain one of my favorites. I personally think this CD was very well put together and is a worthy collection for the fanbase. Even if it excludes some of Phils hits this CD has songs from 80s soundtracks that have been long out of print. This CD is definately a must. This CD will definately keep me satisfied at least while we all wait for the eagerly anticipated TESTIFY that is due later this year.

5-0 out of 5 stars Missing Quite A Few Tracks But Still A Great CD
In a time when many artists were lucky enough to linger around for one or two hit singles, Phil Collins scored a string of fresh and orginal singles that made him one of the biggest stars of the 1980s'. Few artists had a more impressive hit streak than him: 3 number one hits in a row, 4 additional charttoppers 12 consecutive top 10 hits. "Hits" distills 15 years of timeless music into a 16 - song cd, and while it leaves its share of hits, it's a great collection of great music.

Many of Phil's biggest hits are here: the chilling rock opuses "Another Day In Paradise", "I Wish It Would Rain Down" and "In The Air Tonight", the bubbly, Motown - style "Two Hearts" (its 1960s' Motown sound thanks in part to legendary Motown producer Lamonte Dozier, who co - wrote and produced it), the angst - ridden "Against All Odds", the gorgeous cover of "A Groovy Kind Of Love" and the soulful "Something Happened On The Way To Heaven", to name (more than) just a few. Also, Phil included a new trscl, an R & B - tinged cover of the Cindy Lauper smash "True Colors". Two more recent songs, "Both Sides Of The Story" and "Dance Into The Light" are very good, too.

As I mentioned previously, several songs are missing. Phil had had 25 chart entries by the time this collection was released. Only 15 of those songs are here ("True Colors" was never issued as a single). The following singles listed here unfortunately missed inclusion on this mostly wonderful collection:

"I Missed Again" (number 19)
"I Don't Care Anymore" (number 39)
"I Cannot Believe It's True" (number 79)
"Don't Lose My Number" (number 4)
"Do You Remember" (number 4)
"Hang In Long Enough" (number 23)
"Who Said I Would" (number 73)
"Hero" (with David Crosby) (number 44)
"Everyday" (number 24)
"It's In Your Eyes" (number 77)

I also wouldn't have minded if the people who put together this set had included a few cuts from Genesis, namely "Invisible Touch", "In Too Deep" and "I Can't Dance".

Casual fans may complain that two other Collins hits, "You'll Be In My Heart" and "Can't Stop Loving You", are also excluded. That's because those songs weren't released yet. One final complaint is that it's not in chronological order, though as already pointed out, "Take Me Home" is the best choice for a closer. This a great cd. Here's hoping that a Phil Collins boxed set will be released in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get ready to hear In The Air Tonight for the 1,548th time!
When I heard about Phil Collins' Hits coming out in fall 1998, I went so crazy, I bought 4 copies of it on the release date!!!! All those songs and classics by Phil put together in one collection! I know someone must have played In The Air Tonight on repeat maybe 56 times on the CD player because he can make such hummable songs! Lots of melodies and rhythms and songmaking that he's so good at!!!! Against All Odds, Another Day In Paradise (which I can't stop humming to!), Two Hearts, Something Happened..., One More Night, Sussudio, and others were those I loved on there. One overlooked song he should have put on it was Do You Remember and its South Carolina/Georgia like feel to it (it just sounded so good in Augusta in '90). But this is a very smartly done collection of songs that highlighted his decade long solo career!

4-0 out of 5 stars Get your fill of "Phil".
Upon first listen to this, I felt it was missing a few hits. Then I realized those were from his "Genesis" days. However this is still full of his solo songs, most of which are great. Included is "Another Day In Paradise", "Easy Lover", "Sussudio", and the huge "Against All Odds". Plus it's got "In The Air Tonight", and my favorite "One More Night". The only thing I can think of that's missing is "Don't Lose My Number". Otherwise this is just what the casual fan would expect. This disc would go great with the collection from "Genesis", which is also brilliantly titled "The Hits". ... Read more


27. The Lion King (1997 Original Broadway Cast)
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An Oscar win might suggest a score that would need a miracle to be bettered--but this colorful stage adaptation of Disney's The Lion King does so with flair. Composers Mark Mancina and Lebo M worked closely together to fuse the movie's many disparate elements. Where there was a veritable army exercising creative influences for the animated tale, this brings it all under the wings of a like-minded few. This is genuinely apparent as one track flows into the next. The African rhythms--both vocal and in instrumentation--come across as authentic and original all at once. No doubt this is largely through Mancina's passion for peculiar instruments and the possibilities suggested from nightly live performances. "Grasslands Chant" is a good place to hear this. The hit favorites are here of course, but both "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" are pleasingly unrecognizable with chorus and shifting beats. Better still is the likelihood they will now be eclipsed by some of the new numbers. Mancina's own "He Lives in You" being a strong contender. With a sound mix as crisp as you'd hope to find, this is rousing stuff. --Paul Tonks ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Innovative Theatre Meets Family Entertainment
First of all, to address some of the other reviewers who didn't believe "The Lion King" deserved the Tony: What the American Theatre Wing recognized is an historic and important step in theatre history. "The Lion King" on Broadway didn't attempt to merely transfer the cartoon images of the movie onto the stage (a la Beauty and the Beast). Instead, through the guidance of genius director and designer Julie Taymor, the glorious story was lifted and transformed through mask, puppetry, and dance into a multi-disciplinary wonder. I'm a professional puppeteer, and the response of the puppetry community to this show is staggering. Curriculums are being reworked, new parterships are forming, and a puppetry renaissance has begun.

Now, onto this CD: I can understand that if you haven't seen the staged version, you wouldn't expect to hear the changes that have been made to the soundtrack. Fortunately, I was given the CD "Rhythm of the Pridelands" before seeing the show. Many of the new songs are from that album, which was new music inspired by the movie "Lion King" and written by Lebo M, the talented African artist whose voice you hear in the movie version of "Circle of Life." This soundtrack is a unique and exciting blending of the original soundtrack and "Pridelands," and has an organic and harmonious feel to it. The new African chants serve to balance the more cutesy tunes from the movie. In the end, there is something for everyone. Listen without prejudice, and discover the beauty of the music.

5-0 out of 5 stars FOLLOWING A BAD TREND, BUT JERKING THE TEARS
If you're thinking of not buying this CD because you already have the movie soundtrack, HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! Not only does the Original Broadway Cast Recording have more songs than there are in the movie, but the original songs have been adapted and, in some cases, lengthened quite a lot. To be honest, there are a few poor attempts of "filler" and trying to add something with a rock edge, but the beautiful, rhythmic african chants and additions such as "Shadowland" and "Endless Night" bring tears to my eyes. They're worth paying for the entire thing. This CD gives you more of an emotional look at all of the characters and their despair. Disney followed the same trend they did with BEAUTY by adding a dozen songs with only a couple worth listening to, but they're tear jerkers and if you just sit back and listen to the chants and ballads, they're sure to touch your heart as they did mine... just skip the stuff in between. But it's a MUST HAVE for anyone even SLIGHTLY interested. Cuz I'm not even a Lion King Movie fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BROADWAY MUSICAL SINCE EVITA!
AS YOU SEE, THERE ARE A LOT OF BROADWAY SHOWS ON BROADWAY NOW. YOU KNOW, YOU GOT MAMA MIA, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, AVENUE Q AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. YOU KNOW WHAT'S THE BEST? THE LION KING OF COURSE! AND THIS CD SPOTLIGHTS ALL THE CLASSIC CAST LIKE JOHN VICERY, [THE MAN I USED TO LOOK UP TO.] JASON RAIZE, [HE DIED A FEW MONTHS AGO. I MISS HIM SOOOOOO MUCH.] AND THE REST! IF YOU HAVE TO BUY ONE BROADWAY SOUNDTRACK, BUY THIS ONE! IT ROCKS! AND THEN GO SEE THE MUSICAL! SURE, IT'S ABOUT 200 DOLLORS...BELIVE ME,IT'S SO WORTH IT. THIS CD HAS AN AWSOME BOOKLET INCLUDING SOME PICTURES IN THE BACKROUND, LYRICS, AND SO MUCH MORE. AND IF THATS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, I DON'T KNOE WHAT TO TELL YA.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Really Good CD
I bought this because because I wanted a soundtrack for the Lion King and I was tempted just to buy the Disney one, but I thought this might be more interesting. I was paticuarly interested in the fact that there was more African music. It was really great. Even stuff like Circle of Life had a slightly different sound to it, and the whole thing had a much better atmosphere than Disney gave the film. What I love about it is that it isn't just another Disney soundtrack, but it really has it's own interesting sound. Go buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
The Lion King (1997 Original Broadway Cast) soundtrack is amazing. When I went to the play, I knew I wanted to buy the CD. I loved the music live and from the CD. I listen to it everyday. The people singing are wonderful. They sound great. I think any and everybody should buy this CD. You'll love it! ... Read more


28. The Singles 1992-2003
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4-0 out of 5 stars This band's aging nicely....
Ten years after their debut, surprisingly, No Doubt is still around. Who would have thought? Their original sound was so...early 1990's....I would have figured that they would have died out with the grunge era. Boy, was I mistaken! Gwen and company have learned the secret to success: keep your sound fresh while still containing some of the original elements of your music. What No Doubt has done in the past decade is shown how a band can age gracefully, changing their sound as they go, and having a good time doing it. There are some instant classics on this compilation, namely "Don't Speak". But, don't overlook "I'm Just A Girl", "Spiderwebs", or "Ex-Girlfriend" either. All of these songs are great. Of course, the new hit "It's My Life" makes me think back to the early 80s new wave craze...and who knows...maybe No Doubt is the harbinger of a resurgence in that genre of music! In any case, this CD is a wonderful addition to your collection. Get for your living room...get it for the car...get it for everwhere!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good No Doubt "Starter Kit"
No Doubt wisely didn't name this CD "Greatest Hits", because only about 6 of the 15 songs on here were bonafide hits. They also were smart not to call it "Best Of No Doubt", because few of the songs on here are really the best No Doubt has to offer. Most of their finest material can be found on their albums, especially Return of Saturn and Tragic Kingdom. Nevertheless, this album is exactly what it claims to be: a collection of all the singles No Doubt has officially released between 1992 and 2003. The standouts range from the recent: the new single, a quality rock-driven cover of Talk Talk's "It's My Life", and Rock Steady's "Hella Good"; to the obvious: their biggest hits, "Don't Speak", "Just A Girl", and "Spiderwebs" from their most popular album, Tragic Kingdom; to the underrated: "Ex-Girlfriend", "New", and "Simple Kind of Life" from the woefully overlooked Return of Saturn.

Chances are if you are buying this, you are either a No Doubt fanatic who buys everything they release (such as myself), or you are a casual fan, who knows a few of their radio songs and want them on one disc. To the hardcore fans: buy Boombox instead: you get this CD, a b-sides and rarities CD, all their videos on DVD, and Live In The Tragic Kingdom on DVD. All this for less than $50!
If you are a casual fan, don't let your No Doubt collection stop here: buy all 5 of their albums (1992's No Doubt, 1995's Beacon Street Collection, 1995's Tragic Kingom, 2000's Return of Saturn, and 2001's Rock Steady). You will not regret it. Listen to how this great band has evolved over the years--from the ska-driven band they were in in the late 80's and early 90's (as demonstrated on "Trapped In A Box", included here)to the innovative New Wave/Pop-Rock band they are today.

A great way to get into this excellent band.

5-0 out of 5 stars No Doubt About It
As I was loading the songs of The Singles 1992-2003 onto my computer, I realized something - this was the first CD that I had ever given every song a five-star rating in iTunes. This isn't just a set of singles from over the last 12 years - it's also really, really good music.

Every song here has some of the smartest lyrics you will ever find in music, as well as the most memorable themes. Take "Don't Speak" - in an era when every singer asked their ex-lover what had gone wrong, Gwen Stefani pleaded, "Don't speak, don't tell me because it hurts." My favorite song on this CD (and favorite song, period) is the catchy, unforgettable "Just A Girl". "Trapped In A Box" is the weakest track in the way of singing, but its smart lyrics make up for it. "Simple Kind of Life" channels reflective sadness, while "Hella Good" and "Hey Baby" are party songs to the core. "New" can be only described by the word 'fresh'. "Ex-Girlfriend" is all of it a high-powered bass riff. "Excuse Me Mr." is an even more frantic plea for attention and respect.

If you can buy just one CD, make it this one. If you're not quite sure about investing in a No Doubt album, buy this collection. Listen, and not only will you want ND's other five CDs, you'll know why fans will buy The Singles just for its new track, the '80s remake "It's My Life". It's well worth every one of its 59 minutes and 37 seconds.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing album, stupid idiot review!
I was appalled to see one idiots review of this album giving Bathwater and new 0/10 and 4/10 to trapped in a box. I have to say that i think trapped in a box is an amazing song, its one of the most intellegent and unique songs out there. If you don't understand the song you shouldn't bash it in your idiotic review. ( I HAVE ALREADY WRITTEN A REVIEW THIS IS JUST BECAUSE IM ANGRY AT THIS IDIOT) :)

5-0 out of 5 stars i loved this
No Doubt have such a varied compliation on this album its unbelieveable but brilliantly brilliant! From hard rock, to hip hop pop right through to a little rap, some regee and some show tune! One song I found mesmerising was Trapped in a Box, i felt something about it that was like the songs in rocky horror picture show. Such a unique song. I'm just a girl is a great song, I've always loved Gwens voice its very unique and unlike any other voices. My favourite song on the album is very difficult to say because I adored everything. And They haven't let us down with the most recent, It's my life which is one of my favourite songs of all time. All and all this was one hell of an album. Don't stop there No DOubt keep them coming.
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29. Room Service
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Bryan Adams returns with ROOM SERVICE, his first studio album in almost 7 years.A collection of 11 new tracks, ROOM SERVICE was recorded while on the road in Europe - in hotels and backstage at concert venues.With 18 releases, over 25 years of recording and over 60 million albums sold worldwide, this new collection gives witness to Bryan's rock loyalty and consistency.ROOM SERVICE hits the full range of tempos while touching on every nerve of emotions from love lost, love found and reluctance in love.The album also touches on life lessons, from living life to the fullest to appreciating what you have.

In addition to the album release, Bryan will be co-headlining a minor league baseball park tour in the US with Def Leppard (Rock 'N Roll Double-Header Tour) throughout the summer and supporting a Calvin Klein sponsored book , Calvin Klein - American Women, featuring photos of prominent women taken by Bryan Adams, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York (releasing this Spring). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars BA - Back in the Saddle
Finally, a new one from BA.Solid rocking tracks like Open Road and Room Service.A must have for Bryan Adams fans, both new and old.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing New Album (cd)
Finally - a new Bryan Adams cd.This cd has the classic B.A> sound that we all love. Favorite tracks are East Side Story, OPen Road and Room Service.Highly recommed this one if your a Bryan Adams fan, still recommend it if your not - you will be .

5-0 out of 5 stars Room Service- well worth the wait!!!!!!!!!!
It's been a long time coming, but finally, finally, a new CD from our very own bad boy.This CD is one of my favorites, it combines the rock tunes you love to sing along with, and the ballads that make you think.I would recommend any Bryan Adams fan to purchase this CD, money well spent! And to any new fans, this is a great start for you!!! Bryan Adams is the most talented singer/songwriter!ROOM SERVICE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Bryan Rocks!!!!
Well, the wait is finnaly over! We have a new Bryan Adams album - Room Service. And boy, it does sound good. For a relief, the memorable guitar hooks are back coupled with those big drums. And yah, the best part of a Bryan Adams album is that haunting, inimitable voice.

This one is a really diversified album. Rockers like "Open Road", "Room Service" "She's a little too good for me", set your feet tapping. Then for a change, Adams wrote some real meaningful lyrics for "Nowhere fast". And then there is "Right back where I started from". The guitar riff is so catchy that it just plays in your head all the time just after a couple of listens.
"East Side Story" brings back those youthful memories of buses and those one-sight loves. And cmon, if its a Bryan Adams record, ballads are a must. "Why do you have to be so hard to love" is, according to Bryan himself, Bryan's favourite track on this album. Yea Bryan, we share opinion on this. Then there is the signature style balled "Flying" full with mushy lyrics and slush production. "Not Romeo Not Juliet" is probably for most youth who can't decide if they are in love or not, when they know that they are. But the best of all ballads is "I Was Only Dreamin'" where Bryan showcasts his vocal range in a mind-blowing way.
All in all, you must buy this record.And go home and turn up the volume, and wake up your neighbours. Wake them up to a talented man named Bryan Adams.

4-0 out of 5 stars Narrative Side of Bryan Paradise
Bryan's first studio album in six years has been finally out in the U.S. Six months behind Europe and Japan. My first impression is this album is somewhat like missing link between INTO THE FIRE, representing reclusive side of Bryan and WAKING UP THE NEIGHBORS, well-balanced Bryan Adams masterpiece in 1991. This album also has his signature rocker SHE'S A LITTLE TOO GOOD TO ME and ROOM SERVICE but on this release narrative songs give me strong impression. THIS SIDE OF PARADISE is such a nice narrative song which is already one of my all time Top 10 Bryan songs. NOT ROMEO NOT JULIET is another excellent narrative song which will be sure to become AAA station favorite. Ballads are excellent as well particularly FLYING and I WAS ONLY DREAMING. OPEN ROAD and ROOM SERVICE already released as singles in the Europe are so-so songs.

Verdict: Bryan is back to form. I am happy about that.
Rating: 85 out of 100. Not the finest but a solid one.
Best Fit Mood: Definitely best for morning listening. Or while driving along, say, Midwestern highway.
Recommended for: Bryan fans who want to boost his chart record in the U.S. Some of Richard Marx, Eric Clapton, Train, Hoobastank, Survivor, and George Harrison fans.
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30. Smile
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The Greatest Album That Never Was finally is. The Beach Boys' uncompleted 1967 album Smile has remained the elusive touchstone of Brian Wilson's brilliant, star-crossed career for decades. Artistic Holy Grail and troubling professional Waterloo for Wilson, a tantalizing prism of unfulfilled promise to his loyal cadre of fans, its story has become pop music's Rashomon. Finally completed via spring 2004 recordings with his stellar, longtime touring band (none of the original '60s sessions were used, though they've been recreated here with often stunning authenticity), it's arguably as alien to contemporary pop as it might have seemed in its intended '67 context--even to ears freshly primed by the glories of Pet Sounds.

Collaborator Van Dyke Parks's impressionistic, often mischievous lyrics conjure a collage of arcane 19th century Americana that's equal parts artful ellipse and aloof nostalgia. But wed to Wilson's innovative composition and recording techniques (echoing beat author William Burroughs's fabled cut 'n' paste methodology and exemplified by the modular "Good Vibrations"), the resulting semisuite confections challenge the boundaries of both song and album form, but with an insouciant charm that's as different from Pet Sounds as that landmark was from "I Get Around." Turns out those hypothetical comparisons to Sgt. Pepper's weren't so far off the mark. --Jerry McCulley


Smiling with Brian
Amazon.com Music Editor Peter Hilgendorf called Brian Wilson to congratulate him on the release of Smile, and to talk about the recording and some of the history behind this highly anticipated release. Listen now.


Catch Up with Brian Wilson and the Legend of Smile:
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  • Essential Brian Wilson CDs
  • Essential Brian Wilson DVDs
  • Essential Brian Wilson books
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31. Meet Me In Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection
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Jimmy Buffett may have made his millions, but that doesn't mean that he has eased up on his workload. After releasing 33 albums, mounting grueling annual tours, and fashioning an entire industry and lifestyle out of his signature song "Margaritaville," Buffett trots out this two-CD collection. Yet, Meet Me in Magaritaville, which spans 30 years, isn't merely a retread of his long, storied career. Buffett has written two new songs for the package and re-recorded six alternative versions of fan favorites (including a moving version of "The Captain and the Kid," which he included for his ailing father, who died shortly after the album's release). He's also added two new cover songs--a spicy bossa nova version of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking" and the Beach Boys' "Sail on Sailor"--as well four live tracks, which shows the singer at his best, conjuring up his own Yuppie Atlantis, an idyllic place where no one has to wear shoes, the sun is always shining, the bar never closes, and Junior Mints are always available at every cinema. A must-have collection for every Parrothead (or aspiring Parrothead), if only for Buffett's track-by-track descriptions. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It Really Is The Ultimate Collection!
Anyone who has carefully watched singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett literally charm the pants off the million of rabid parrot heads over the last several decades will love this newest compilation of Jimmy Buffett hits. It is indeed, the ultimate collection, as entitled, and serves up (shaken but not stirred) all of the best of the guy from Magaritaville. One should be forewarned, however, that not all the cuts here are the original released versions, and several have been redone, and for purists like me, the original versions would have been better to have on board here. But not to quibble, as this is a neat CD to have for the car or office, and I love listening to everything from "Magaritaville to "Come Monday", from "Why Don't We Get Drunk" to "The Captain and the Kid", and from "A Pirate Looks At Forty" to "Pencil Thin Mustache".

Alas, Buffett fans, there are a few new songs here as well, including a nice cover of Nillson's "Everyone's Talkin" and the Beach Boys' "Sail On Sailor" which Jimmy certainly is doing here. He has made a career out of continuing to recycle a limited repertoire of songs, and the fans keep coming back again and again to party with him, such that his concerts are always sellouts and the rabid fans are true loonies when it comes to celebrating life along with the parrot Master himself. This is a great album, and one I am sure you will enjoy!

3-0 out of 5 stars Jimmy collection is great, but why ...
Did he have to go and change the lyrics to some of his classic songs?? I nearly spit my margarita all over myself when I tried singing along to Volcano and realized I couldn't. The "I don't want to land in ..." part has been changed and I think it blows. There are other songs that Jimmy felt the need to update and they also blow -- or more accurately, compromise the integrity of the orginal recording. Ugh. It just feels dirty.

Jimmy, why on earth would you do this? If you were going to change around some of your work, why not go back to any of your albums from the late 80s and remove the gawd-awful synth or drum machines?

All that aside, the collection is good for the casual Jimmy fan. It expands upon "Songs You Know By Heart" and gives a much wider range of his music through the years. The song selection is strong enough to garner three stars and if you do not own any other albums, this isn't a bad place to start.

However, if you're already going to spend $29 on a Jimmy collection, go with the box set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buffett Fans Can't Go Worng
This is one of the best collections of Buffett songs available. It is one not to be missed. It isn't as comprehensive as Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads but it has as good a selection of Buffett's best songs as any. And for the difference in price of the two collections you can't go wrong with The Ultimate Collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it
OK, I admit it. I'm a second generation parrothead. I grew up on these songs. But these are some of Buffett's best. I was a bit annoyed that "Boat Drinks" wasn't on here, or "Desdemona's Building a Rocket Ship," or "Happily Ever After (Every Now and Then", but you know, 2 CD's will only hold so much. This CD's great, especially for new parrotheads. But I do have to argue with one person who reviewed a different CD and called Buffett country. There is no genre for him...he is himself, and that's it.

5-0 out of 5 stars pretty darn good
i get the point that JB's rants against corporate capitalism may be a bit hypocritical. i also understand that JB has relied quite a bit on "greatest hits" collections. i own all of his releases, but none of his collections. i have chosen not to purchase any of his collections, until now.
despite all of this, i still think jimmy is the best and i did spring for this 2 CD set and i think it is pretty darn good. it has a nice representation of all of his songs. yeah sure, there are a few songs i would prefer over others, but so what? if there is a better version, of a song, that i would rather hear, i take that CD along and listen to that version.
thinking people would have to admit that JB has a much larger repetoire than most entertainers. he keeps packing people into his concerts, and they are purchasing his merchandise. yes, he has become more commercialized since the old days. he has adapted and become successful which is what most people strive to accomplish. some people might say he "sold out". what would you do, or, what have you done with your life?
i became a fan in 1978 when i purchased son of a son of a sailor. then, i went back and purchased all of his previous stuff. i still prefer anything up to, and including son of a sailor, but there are good songs on every release.
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32. Let It Be
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Sloppy in conception, and even sometimes in the playing, Let It Be often gets a bad rap. Unfairly, as it's often as charming, well written, and (oh yeah) rocking as the Beatles' "better" albums; it's also more outright fun than Abbey Road, the masterpiece it followed into the stores. With Lennon and McCartney working together on the perfect "I've Got a Feeling," "Two of Us," and "Dig a Pony," it's hard to believe these guys were about to implode. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Raw and underappreciated classic...
Generally regarded as the weakest record the Fab Four ever released, Let It Be has unjustly become the least appreciated Beatles album. With the release of Let It Be...Naked, a newly remastered, un-produced version of the album, I feel that the original record released in 1970 is in need of some defense. Recorded after the monolith "White Album", the project began as Paul McCartney's idea to return to the band back to it's stripped down, rock n' roll roots. This was probably the most tension-filled period of Beatle existence, and George Harrison even quit the band for a short time during recording. Eventually, the band gave up and sent the tapes to legendary "wall of sound" pioneer Phil Spector to produce a releasable album. Let It Be was the result. The general consensus is that Spector butchered the album with his production on songs like George's "I Me Mine", John's "Across the Universe", and especially Paul's "The Long and Winding Road". I strongly disagree: "I Me Mine" was a short fragment of a song until Spector looped one of the verses and turned it into one of Harrison's finest Beatles contributions; "Across the Universe" was a tossed off acoustic number that John supposedly hated, but with the Spector production it becomes a soaring, majestic classic. Finally, Paul was infuriated when he heard the Spector version of his "Long and Winding Road", and many fans agreed that the song's production was overdone. I don't think so: the song itself was an overblown pop number, and without Spector's touches it just sounds like an awkwardly produced overblown pop number.

The rest of the album is comprised of the raw rock n' roll songs that were products of the original intent of the sessions. "Two of Us" is a strong acoustic duet between Paul and John; "Dig a Pony" is a hard hitting song penned by Lennon that is reminiscent of his own "Instant Karma". Everyone has heard the classic title track, one of the most beautiful songs the band ever recorded. "I've Got a Feeling" is a raw, exciting track consisting of two song ideas combined into one for a wonderful effect. The whole album carries a careless, even funny atmosphere, mostly due to the various snippets of studio chatter and the short jam tracks ("Dig It" and "Maggie Mae") that are interspersed throughout. The hilarious and unforgettable John Lennon comment after the classic album closer "Get Back" is the perfect cap to the record that is basically a snapshot of the Beatles as a creative unit whilst they were falling apart at the seams. For this reason alone it is an essential purchase for any rock fan, but fortunately it is laced with spectacular songs that seal its place as an underrated rock classic.

On a separate note, I strongly advise first time listeners out there to purchase this before the bastardized Let It Be...Naked, which exists only for McCartney to get rid of Spector's production. Even more irritating is the fact that the jovial atmosphere that made the original so special is totally lost on the reissue due to the absence of the enjoyable jam tracks and deletion of ALL studio chatter. The fact is that the original Let It Be best represented the Beatles vision (Lennon actually liked it, George has passed away, and Ringo is Ringo). Don't buy into McCartney's singular vision. Just hear this record.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Albums ever.
This album is such a great and wonderful work of genius. It's the only Beatles album produced by Phil Spector, but it shouldn't have been. Phil did a great job. It starts out with 'Two Of Us' which is great. It's just a light-hearted feel-good song. Then 'Dig A Pony', one of the Beatles best songs. John and George's guitar playing on that song is great. Next is 'Across The Universe', which has a great melody and great vocals. Then, 'I Me Mine', possibly Harrison's greatest song. 'Dig It' is very short, but it leads into 'Let It Be', which is one of the greatest songs ever. 'Maggie Mae' is short and catchy. I get it stuck in my head all the time. 'I've Got A Feeling' is good, and 'One After 909' is up-tempo, but 'The Long And Winding Road' is the albums best song. You can hear the emotion in Pauls voice. 'For You Blue' is another key example of how Harrison could craft a great song. The last song, 'Get Back', is perhaps the most well-known song on here. It is very good. All and all, I'd say, BUY THE ALBUM!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's fun
Listening to this I thought one of two things, is this bad in comparison to albums like Abbey Road and Revolver, or is it just different? I think I'm leaning towards diffrenent. I have to stand up for Spector, his production gives the album a unique sound to the Beatles catalogue. And what's wrong with him trying to be experimental as a producer on Across the Universe? It's an unusual song. I'll have to see if I can hear the other version and tell you which one I like better. While I wont tell you this is the best Beatles album, there is still moments of greatness. I me mine is a tongue in cheek look at either egotism and/or introspection. The way George sings it give it drama. Get Back and For you blue are excellent, chugging rhythm and blues numbers that are fun, and then there's two McCartney Staples, Let it be and The long and winding road. I personally like Spectors production, and as I said it's unique for a Beatles album to have such a production. Across the universe is an intereseting song and the other songs are fun, if anything. It's interesting to hear the Beatles trying to just have a bit of fun without trying to make a masterpiece. It was a wonderful idea to make a 'live' album, minus the polish and endless takes of their usual album. There's only one song I don't like, all the others are a great listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably My Favorite Beatles Album
This album has always seemed to get bad reviews. The absence of George Martin as producer is often cited. However, I couldn't help but enjoy every song for its uniqueness. Perhaps this isn't the most original of all Beatles albums, but the group was under a huge amount of stress at the time. For life-long fans like myself, it's an essential. Many of the songs like "Let It Be" and "I Me Mine" indicate how the group felt at the time--the turmoil surrounding them. I also enjoy the studio talk and cool cut and paste songs like "Dig It" and "I've Got a Feeling." "Dig it, dig it, dig it..."

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Even though this was recorded before Abbey Road, Let It Be was the final release of the Beatles, and it feels like their last recording. Phil Spector must have been baffled with the tapes he received, because his production here is sloppy: besides famously overpowering The Long and Winding Road with too much orchestration (granted, some disagree) he adds bits of dialogue, goofing, and warming up to the main tracks. This is probably to give the album more of a "live" feel as was the original intention, but Let It Be feels too rough and uneven. Still, there's some appeal to that raw vibe (when it doesn't feel forced by Spector or overpowered by orchestration). Nonetheless, I prefer Let It Be...Naked and recommend it to the casual fan who wants the songs here (save Maggie Mae and Dig It which aren't included on Naked. However, I doubt any casual fans will be looking for those songs). While Let It Be doesn't earn 5 stars in my book, I can't give it a very low rating either, because some of these songs are just fantastic, even if the delivery of the product isn't as polished as Naked. Let It Be, Across the Universe and I've Got a Feeling are pretty unforgettable. Other favorites of mine include Dig a Pony, Two of Us, and the underrated For You Blue, which is catchy as hell. Also it must be stated that Get Back is a great album closer, complete with the sketchy start, the spirited live playing, and the humorous outro which is a nice touch to end the Beatles' last album ("hope we passed the audition...") As a song list, Let It Be is hard to beat. Completists (like me) shouldn't hesitate to buy this CD. If you have this, the dozen other Beatles albums, and the two Past Masters collections, you've got everything the Beatles released in the eight years between Ringo joining and Paul publicly calling it quits.
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33. Grease: The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
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The movie is a 1970s take on 1950s musicals, providing all the kitsch anyone could hope for. It's John Travolta as Danny Zuko as Olivia Newton-John's pompadoured main squeeze, and the kids go crazy. Fresh from his astronomical success with Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gee Barry Gibb penned the title track (sung by Frankie Valli). Sha Na Na is over-represented, and actress Stockard Channing struts her, um, versatility, singing a couple of tracks. This has become a touchstone in American culture, and so isn't likely to improve our standing in the world's eyes. Maybe the point is that it's supposed to sound amateurish, but it does manage to eke out some fun, most notably on the hit "You're the One That I Want." --Scott Wilson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 50's fun with 70's production values
Given the national funk the USA was in, the songs in Grease was also a longing for a funner, simpler time, when rock wasn't so complicated. Stylishly, it's 50's music, some with 70's disco sensibilities, 70's non-disco pop, and songs whose sound harken back to the stage play, clearly meant to stay within the confines of the movie.

The order of songs on the soundtrack frontloads the theme song and singles in the first part before getting back in movie order for the rest. Now, in order of the movie...

After the brief "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," comes the title song, the perfect marriage of the 50's, exemplified by singer, Frankie Avalon, and the catchy disco-like rhythms of the 70's, hardly surprising given that Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees penned this song.

"Summer Nights" the first duet between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, featuring members of the cast, harkens back to its stage origins, with the differing versions of what went on in Danny and Sandy's fateful summer marked by vocal tradeoffs between the two, highlighted by predominantly male voices in Travolta's segment, female ones in Newton-John's.

"Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" too is a stagey song, sung by Stockard Channing when making fun of Sandy, with references to Elvis, Troy Donahue, and Doris Day making it a look back at the late 50's. The sugary pop ballad "Hopelessly Devoted To You" was tailor-made for Newton-John, a ballad alternately with steel guitars one moment, strings the next.

"Why this car is automatic, it's systematic, it's hydromatic. Why it's greased lightning!" For downright fun and energy, "Greased Lightning" bears the hallmark of Elvis and Eddie Cochrane-type rockers, an ideal song accompanying the spanking red hot rod fantasy sequence.

"It's Raining On Prom Night," sung by Cindy Bullens, is another vintage 50's-type slow ballad, and is the song that plays when Sandy goes to the jukebox, only to have Danny make fun of the jock she's hanging out with.

Frankie Avalon's slow-dance "Beauty School Dropout" is a nod back to the days when his "Venus" was a big hit, strings laden doo-wop style female accompaniment including Stockard Channing. This number was done in the guardian angel (Avalon) telling Frenchie to get her act together and go back to school.

"Rock And Roll Party Queen" can be briefly heard in the dance segment when the people start entering the decorated gym.

Another example of 50s/70s dynamic is Sha-Na-Na, who spearheaded a rock and roll revival movement. Their songs is one fun track after another, from Danny and the Juniors' "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay," the slow dance of "Those Magic Changes," Little Anthony's "Tears On My Pillow," Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," the climactic and fun-brimmed "Born To Hand Jive," and then a cover of "Blue Moon."

Travolta's solo song "Sandy," done after Sandy storms out of his car after his manhandling her, is more a defense than an apology, as he says in the monologue that she hurt him. The monologue he has inbetween the singing segments is more a hallmark of girl group songs like "Leader Of The Pack." Solo, Travolta's actually not bad, replicating 50's-style falsetto at times.

Next, is another Stockard Channing solo, "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" and a reprise of "Sandra Dee" by Olivia Newton-John, before the final blowout. In the interview segment of the video, Olivia Newton-John herself knew that with the bouncy bassline throughout the energetic "You're The One That I Want," the second Travolta duet, was going to be a hit, and it was. And in the movie, it's followed by the equally vivacious "We Go Together," which could've been a single.

Other notes: These were not included in the movie:"Alone At the Drive-In," "Freddy My Love," "Mooning," and "Rock N Roll Party Queen" were in the movie, because I don't remember them. Another exemplary soundtrack from the 70's and perhaps of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Grease" is the word!
This soundtrack album is the second biggest-selling in pop music history. The first is the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack. And both films starred John Travolta. Not only that,they were both originally released on the defunct RSO(Robert Stigwood Organization) label. I went through 2 LP copies of this album,as I said in the review for the DVD movie. There are actually 23 different recordings on the album. Track 24 is a repeat of the title theme(track 1). The title theme was written by ex-Bee Gee Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons. The song is heard during the playing of the opening and closing credits in the film. SUMMER NIGHTS is about the summer romance of Danny Zuko(Travolta) and Sandy Dombrowski(Olivia Newton-John). ONJ performs HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU,later recycled for her GREATEST HITS VOLUME 2 album. YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT is another duet between Travolta and ONJ,also appearing on GHV2. SANDY is Danny's ode to his sweetheart(he sings this after being abandoned by Sandy at a drive-in theater in the film). BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT is Frankie Avalon's advisory to Frenchy(Didi Conn). LOOK AT ME,I'M SANDRA DEE is sung by Rizzo or her portrayer,Stockard Channing. GREASED LIGHTNIN' is about the power of automobiles,sung by Travolta with moral support from Jeff Conaway(Kenickie). IT'S RAINING ON PROM NIGHT is OK,so is ALONE AT A DRIVE-IN MOVIE. Sha-Na-Na,as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers in the film,performs BLUE MOON,ROCK & ROLL IS HERE TO STAY,THOSE MAGIC CHANGES,HOUND DOG,TEARS ON MY PILLOW and BORN TO HAND-JIVE. MOONING,FREDDY MY LOVE and ROCK AND ROLL PARTY QUEEN are OK. Channing superbly performs THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO(the song is heard in "Connie & Carla" also,but not Channing's recording of it). There's a reprise of LOOK AT ME,I'M SANDRA DEE performed by ONJ. The Rydell High School seniors perform WE GO TOGETHER,heard in the final scene. LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING is an instrumental easy listening classic,heard in the very first scene before opening credits. This album is packed with still photos from the film. The one on the back cover of the LP and CD booklet is of the overall film cast. It would have been great if the title track was recorded by the Bee Gees. ONJ's manager John Farrar wrote or co-wrote some of ONJ's recordings on this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars i Love this soundtrack
I love this movie, i have wacthed his movie so many time i don't get own this soundtrack but i plan to in the next couple days. You should really get this soundtrack if you love the movie you are sure to love the sound track. i love it and i am only 16.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Grease
Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!

I love every single song on the CD and I've watched the film so many times I've lost track. Let's jus say enough times to know the words off by heart even when I'm only 17.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best CD Ever
WHILE ME I THINK THAT THE MOVIE AND THE CD IS THE MOST FUNNIEST AND MOST INTERSTING TO WATCH AND TO LISTEN. I ALMOST WATCH THAT MOVIE EVER DAY, GREASE IT'S A MOVIE THAT WILL NEVER FADE AWAY. BACK WHEN I WAS BORN I USE TO WATCH IT AND STILL WATCH IT NOW SO IF YOU THINKING ABOUT BUING IT DON'T THINK THAT LONG CUZ YOUR WASTING YOUR TIME ON AN EXCITING MOVIE. ALSO THINKING ABOUT BUING THE CD DON'T THINK THAT LONG BECAUSE THE MUSIC YOUR GOING TO LOVE I MEAN LOVE IT. IT'S THE BEST AND IT'LL STAY THE BEST ... Read more


34. Motown Two
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Blue-eyed soul crooner Michael McDonald gave his career a much-needed shot in the arm with 2003's Motown, a commercially well-received collection that matched the one-time Doobie Brother and '80s solo star's rich vocals with songs from Hitsville's peak. One year later, McDonald again delves into the Motown bag to come up with another 14 selections from such giants as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson. McDonald is a distinctive enough vocalist to bring something to these classics, as tough as that task is. Unfortunately, the uninspired production and stilted musicianship keeps the likes of "I Was Made to Love Her," "Tracks of My Tears," and Nowhere to Run" from being anything more than dubious offerings to McDonald partisans. Motown became a hit factory as much on the strength of its foot soldiers as it did its commanding stars, but producer Simon Cline employs thin and lethargic backing tracks where some of the most inspired pop playing in history once stood. Return to the Motown source to hear inspired pop soul music. --Steven Stolder ... Read more


35. America - The Complete Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars America Gets Their Complete Greatest Hits On One CD!
Finally, America gets a Complete Greatest Hits on one cd, without having to buy their expensive box set. I've always enjoyed America's brand of folk rock from the first time I heard on radio "A Horse With No Name" way back in 1972. I actually thought it was Neil Young singing and to my surprise I never realized it was this great band called America. This Complete Greatest Hits has it all, from songs from 1972 to 2002. All the great songs are here such as "A Horse With No Name", "I Need You", "Ventura Highway", "Don't Cross The River", "Tin Man", "Lonely People", "Sister Golden Hair", and so on. I always thought America had harmonies similar to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young who are my absolute favorite artists of all time. If you, like me love America then you gotta have this collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars A new classic
An excellent compilation plus two brand new songs! It contains all their charted singles and some of their album classics that received a lot of airplay and were hits in their own rights! If you are a new or casual America fan, this is the CD to start with. It is the most complete single CD compilation available. And if you are a hardcore fan, you will have to buy this for the two new songs (and you know Rhino planned it that way). The sound quality and packaging are first class, but Rhino always seems to do everything first class. Highly recommended!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars AMERICA classic music for real people
AMERICA has some of the most soothing & also some of the most energy creating music on earth. Sort of in a quiet way their music can fill you up if you allow yourelf to get lost in a full LP. Their lyrics are both heartfelt as well as soulful.
They have done almost 20 LP's/CD's of original material, you really have to listen to some of their newer material. They are still touring & going stronger than ever. They did release a Christmas CD, HOLIDAY HARMONY last year. It is amazing ! This greatest hits is a great representation of some of their finest work.

4-0 out of 5 stars incomplete greatest hits
america should included 3 more songs to make it really a complete greatest hits album. these songs are ALL MY LIFE, ALL AROUND & INSPECTOR MILLS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Greatest Hits CD
It's about time when they would release the best hits of America ranging from the early 70's to the early 80's on one single disc and we get to hear two brand new unreleased tracks and they're one of the best groups of the 70's due to a wide diversity of music ranging from folk rock, soft rock and pop rock, if you're a new fan of America, then this CD is an excellent choice for you and the booklet is very informative and interesting, I had no idea that Dan Peek left the group in 1977 until I bought this CD 2 years ago, no fan of 70's music should be without this CD, even the ones on a small budget. ... Read more


36. Steve Miller Band - Greatest Hits 1974-1978
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Greatest-hits collections often deprive the listener of the chance to experience an artist's true scope of talent. Not so with Steve Miller--his strength has always been more in crafting an occasional blast of FM-radio heaven rather than a dozen solid album tracks.Greatest Hits 1974-78 chronicles the best singles from Miller's most successful years, after he veered from Haight-Ashbury bluesy trippiness to more accessible blues-based pop-rock. There are the slippery grooves of "The Joker" and "Fly Like an Eagle," and there's the air-guitar-beckoning riff rock of "Take the Money and Run," "Jungle Love," "Rock n'Me," and "Jet Airliner." Don't expect groundbreaking art, expect references to the "pompatus of love" and instant gratification. Requisite listening at the classic-rock keg party. --Neal Weiss ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars good but flawed!
Steve Miller Band's Greatest Hits 1974-1978 lives up to it's title for the most part except that "The Joker" is from 1973. While the album has Steve Miller's biggest radio hits, there is not much point to the album, other than "The Joker" the rest of the songs only come from two different albums,"Fly Like an Eagle and "Book of Dreams" and both of those albums are good enough that most fans would be pleased with those to albums. The other thing that counts against this album is the edited version of "Jet Airliner". I would recommend getting Fly like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, and the new Greatest Hits Cd that covers his whole career.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money for fans both new and old
Steve Miller Band is, in my oppinion, one of the best bands of all time. This C.D. compiles their era very well. It shows all of the diverse music that was created by Miller. Some may criticize the fact that the songs are a bit too diverse, with Fly Like an Eagle, The Joker, and Jungle Love all included on one C.D. This, however, is the essence of a "Greatest Hits," to put together a collection of the best songs by the band. Some of my personal favorites include:
Swingtown - This will engrave itself in your head very quickly
Jungle Love- A song with a good melody and guitar. Quite simply, it drives me wild and makes me crazy.
The Joker- Probably the best known piece by SMB, a very good song that has the feel of swing with the stylings of rock.
Fly Like An Eagle- A classic. I personally found it humorous when my nephew identified this as the "Post office song"
Dance, Dance, Dance- This will make you want to do just that with it's upbeat, catchy tune.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost the Greatest!
Great album but not the bast compilation. What makes the Steve Miller Band unique is obvioulsy their distinctive sound which is nice to here every once in a while. It takes me back to the 70's. Again, enjoyed the album but could be better!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not really his best
"Greatest Hits" is good. No way is this the artist's best, though. I would definitely recommend each and every one of his albums before this. Yes, there's some edits here. Yes, "Jet Airliner" is censored. No, "Space Cowboy" and "Living in the USA" aren't found here. No, "Winter Time" was not a "hit". These factors make this a three star album. VERY casual fans will enjoy it, because most only purchase compilations. But if you want to dig deeper, but not buy every note (even though you should), get "Anthology". Don't even get the box set- its set list is way too confused, and the inclusion of several recordings made before Steve was a teenager does not serve the listener well. To the reviewer who said that Miller was the worst vocalist ever- I don't think so, and perhaps you should go back and ask yourself why this album is currently rated the number 800 selling album on amazon.com (this comp is a quarter- century old, and Miller hasn't had a legitimate "hit" since the 80's ("Wide River" doesn't count).

1-0 out of 5 stars no
this album is a no. so are all steve miller's. miller is a crooning idiot who thinks he is so cute. his voice is one of the worst i have heard in years (on Jet Airliner he sounds like he is saying "Bingo Gyp with a lineup" instead of "big ol jet airliner"), and the music is overrated and outdated. most of his songs are annoying and/or awful. stay away. ... Read more


37. The Hit Singles Collection
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Bobby Darin was one of the most personally complex and unpredictable artists of the rock era. Indeed, it's hard to find another major artist who reinvented himself with the deceptive ease and overwhelming success chronicled on this 20-track highlight disc. After scoring three lively and considerable Top 10 successes in the space of a year in the late 1950s ("Splish Splash," "Queen of the Hop," "Dream Lover"), Darin traded in his teen idol sweater 'n' slacks for a tux and tie (evidence suggests he considered rock a passing fad!) and went gunning for Sinatra and the Rat Pack. The immediate results were the Grammy-winning No. 1 legend "Mack the Knife" (adapted from Kurt Weill's "Moritat" in The Threepenny Opera) and the enduring, French-inspired Top 10 hit "Beyond the Sea." If Darin spent the early '60s alternately goosing standards from the American songbook ("Clementine," "Bill Bailey," "Lazy River," "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," etc.) and mending a few rock-pop fences ("Multiplication," "Things"), he still had another surprise in store. His Top 10 take on Tim Hardin's dolorous "If I Were a Carpenter" cast him all too convincingly as conscientious '60s folkie. Other highlights here include his irresistible, swinging take on the lyrically bleak "Artificial Flowers" and his successful, self-penned nods to the '60s Nashville sound, "You're the Reason I'm Living," and "18 Yellow Roses." Darin was considerably more than the first postmodern lounge Revivalist, and herein lies the evidence. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Almost all of Bobby Darin's Top 40 hits on one CD
"The Hit Singles Collection" comes to us courtesy of Rhino, which means you know you are going to get not only 20 choice tracks which include (almost) all of Bobby Darin's Top 40 hits but also solid liner notes from Bill Dahl. The chief attractions are the Top 10 hits, which would be "Splish Splash" (#3), "Queen Of The Hop" (#9), "Dream Lover" (#2), "Mack the Knife" (#1), "Beyond the Sea" (#6), "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" (#5), "Things" (#3), "You're The Reason I'm Living" (#3), "18 Yellow Roses" (#10), and "If I Were a Carpenter" (#8). As you can see, that is half the album right there. Overall the songs reflect the wide range of Darin's career, where he did everything from popular standards to rock 'n' roll with a bit of folk-rocker and Vegas hip cat in between. Darin is often dismissed as a junior grade Frank Sinatra, but you have to give him credit for refusing to be limited to a particular type of music. This was a man who sang songs written by both Kurt Weill and John Sebastian, and who covered Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones in his nightclub act.

Is this a complete hits collection? Well, there are a pair of Top 40 hits missing ("If a Man Answers" and "Nature Boy") and Darin easily had another dozen songs that made the Billboard charts that could have been picked over. But these would be minor quibbles over all and you will be hard pressed to find a better single CD collection of Darin songs than "The Hit Singles Collection." Darin died relatively young (in 1973 during open-heart surgery) and his election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 recognized that whatever his limitations his body of work is rather significant in terms of both the overall quality and the diversity. For those looking for something more ambitions Rhino also has a four-CD box set, "As Long As I'm Singing: The Bobby Darin Collection," which is more comprehensive in terms of not only hits but also B-sides and other obscure recordings. But I am happy with this one for now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin, The Underrated
Ooh Bobby Darin. Ya can't beat that voice. The soothing sounds of Bobby Darin's honey coated voice. Just too sweet! This CD, is perfect in everyway. His songs are addictive, and get stuck in your head forever. These songs, are my drugs, I get a totally pure 'High' off of them. Ladies and Gentlemen Bobby Darin.

4-0 out of 5 stars Darin does Sinatra does Tim Hardin.....
Bobby Darin could croon with the best---his take on Sinatra was surpassed only by Frank himself but the real treasure here is his cover of "If I were a Carpenter" which rivals Tim Hardens own version. Get this if for that track only and the rest will fall in place.....

5-0 out of 5 stars Ultra Cool
Bobby Darin, like Dean Martin, had a cool demeanor that always came across in everything he touched, be it movies or music. This collection of his hits has just about everthing that was great about him and is a pleasure to listen to. All these songs have nice arrangements backing up Darin's catchy style and phrasing.

You need only look at the list above to see all the great songs included in this package. There is an overall light and breezy feel to this CD and it fits Darin's career perfectly. It is always hip, sometimes romantic, and definitely like nothing you'll hear today. Harry Connick Jr. sometimes catches the swing and swagger of Darin's style in his lighter moments, but this IS Bobby Darin, a true American origional.

How cool was Bobby Darin? "Beyond the Sea" was playing in a scene in Pacino's "Sea of Love" and an entire episode of televisions own approach to cool, "The X-Files", was built around this song. You'll have no doubt once you pick this up, Macky is indeed, back in town.... ... Read more


38. Our Kind Of Soul
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Our Kind of Soul, the follow-up to 2003's VH1-propelled Do It for Love, is mostly a can't-miss proposition: Daryl Hall's smooth, expressive voice, synonymous with the Philly soul sound, is so well suited to this material that it feels shrink-wrapped overtop. "Can't Get Enough of Your Love," the Barry White classic, is given a breezy makeover (and, maybe more impressively considering that most artists wouldn't touch it, not mangled); Teddy Pendergrass' "Love TKO" is dusted off and tinkered with till it takes on a signature H&O sound; and "After the Dance," one of Marvin Gaye's most cryptic compositions, comes across like a solved mystery--there's a gentleness and a reverie in the reading will prompt thoughtful listeners to return to it more than a few times. That said, a couple of these covers--the O'Jays "Used to Be My Girl" and Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady"--seem cursory, and the duo can count on a cranky contingent decrying their lack of fresh material. But the strength of three songs introduced here should keep them at bay. First track "Let Love Take Control" gutsily and convincingly glides into Four Tops' "Standing in the Shadows of Love," "Soul Violins" strikes notes at once heartfelt and spontaneous, and "Don't Turn Your Back" has the classic Hall & Oates marks of their-kind-of-soul songs like "Out of Touch." --Tammy La Gorce ... Read more


39. The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates
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Hall and Oates often enlivened '70s and '80s radio with sharp pop concoctions that drew on a wellspring of R&B influences picked up in their hometown of Philadelphia. They scored frequently enough, in fact, that this 20-track collection--intended to supplement or replace the earlier Rock 'n Soul, Part 1 with post-'83 winners--doesn't capture all their finest moments. (Where, for instance, are "She's Gone," recorded for another label but licensed by RCA for Rock 'n' Soul, and the terrific new wave/funk fusion "Your Imagination"?) Still, much of what's here is fine music that should appeal not only to those who carry fond memories of radio and MTV playing it the first time around, but also to a good-sized handful of their kids. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Kings of Blue- Eyed Soul!!!!
This was a dynamic duo Darryl Hall and John Oates this is one of the best duos w/ blue eyes that I have ever heard and did very well with remakes of "Tavares" More than a Woman" and the "Intruders" Cowboys to Girls" ; and Hall and Oates did original material as well they could dance and sing and I really did enjoy them in the 1980's they had a lot of hits that I had liked and I enjoyed them so therefore if you like Rhythm and Blues or Rock then you will enjoy this album!!!! It contains One on One, Rich Girl, Say it isn't so, Family Man I can't go for that(no can do) Adult Education, Sara Smile, Method of Modern Love and the remake of You Lost that Lovin' Feeling from the Righteous Brothers this cd is really missing a few songs Posession Obsession,Cowboys to Girls, and She's Gone this is still a nice collection if you enjoyed them in the 1980's then I would definitely recommend that you buy this cd!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A way excellent Hall & Oates collection!
Forget my review on the previous brief CD I did of 1983's Rock 'N' Soul Part One Greatest Hits. This is even much better it adds seven songs with all eleven favorites not counting for the missing "She's Gone" which it isn't on here but includes Daryl Hall and John Oates doing a sixties cover ballad classic version of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers. Also from the Big Bam Boom album is "Out Of Touch" with "Method Of Modern Love" plus "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid". There's also "Did It A Minute" a studio not it's live version but the original "Wait For Me" and "Family Man". I really enjoy listening to the rest of the tunes that were very popular like "Maneater", "Sara Smile", "Rich Girl", "Private Eyes" & "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)". So in my own opinion for the improvement and expanded digitally remastered eighteen tracks from it's RCA record label that they did is a pretty good job here. I would give it "Thumbs Up!". Let's see if these two guys I think should release and put out another compilation volume of more song highlights they recorded together from their 70's and 80's albums someday soon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lyrics from the Heavens
In my opinion, the lyrics sung by Hall and Oates have been handed down by the hand of God and sang by Angels. Songs like Private Eyes and Man Eater truly bring back feelings of times that were easier and life was a bit less stressful. There is nothing like singing Private Eyes on a mix tape (because they are the future) while wearing cutt off jean shorts and cutting the lawn. Hall and Oates brought the mustache and the Soul Glo Mullet back in style. The cover of the CD shows Daryl Hall and John Oates glancing into your eyes telling you, no DEMANDING you to listen to this CD and listen to the intelligence that songs like Private Eyes instill. If there is only 1 CD that you must have for your collection, it is this one. The CD is truly inspiring.

4-0 out of 5 stars I give it 4 stars because it is missing songs
This is an incomplete version of the greatest hits. What happened to "She's Gone" and "You lost that lovin' feeling"?

5-0 out of 5 stars The Very Best
This CD is exactly what it says it is- the very best of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Any fan of Hall & Oates should have this album. A definate must in everyone's CD collection. ... Read more


40. More Than You Think You Are
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Florida's megaplatinum matchbox twenty prove with their third album to be far more versatile than expected, comfortably outlasting the predictions of naysayers. Reuniting with producer Matt Serletic, the quintet takes credible swings at gospel ("Downfall" features a choir), Traveling Wilburys-type twang ("All I Need"), and big-arena rock with "Disease," cowritten by singer Rob Thomas and Mick Jagger and winkingly recalling Thomas's star turn with Carlos Santana on "Smooth." Pedal-steel great Greg Leisz spruces up several tracks, notably the tearjerker "Hand Me Down," while producer and keyboardist Serletic and percussionist Paul Doucette sprinkle instrumental pixie dust. More Than You Think You Are isn't likely to appease critics, who have consistently accused matchbox twenty of yelling when a whisper would do, but fans of the group are certain to dig these panoramic songs, each drawn in broad, vivid strokes. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pre-Mad Season MB20 is Back!
Despite it's pricy appearance and the lack of interest because of the failing Mad Season, More Than You Think You Are brings back the qualities of Yourself or Someone Like You and even the earlier Don't Play With Matches and Tabitha's Secret, by the band of the same name.

Mad Season was a quick release to grab at the popularity, and it failed miserably at bringing the heartfelt lyrics and melodies of Yourself back, dropping the excellent progressions for power chords.

However, MTYTYA's selection is wide and tasteful. It covers the harder, gritty rock genre with songs like Feel and Bright Lights; brings back vocals reminiscent of Santana ft Rob Thomas with Disease; brings back the slow, melancholy feel with Unwell and Hand Me Down.

The lyrical content of this album is excellent as well, touching the human spirit. Remarkable are "Unwell" and "Hand Me Down" for their lyrics, but all the selections feature emotional words paired with equally moving rhythms and melodies.

This album is an amazing tribute to the ability of Matchbox Twenty. Though slightly expensive, it fulfills the basic needs of a good compilation, and then goes a bit further. It covers a wide variety of styles while staying true to the MB20 sound. The lyrics are well written and deeply moving, and the melodies are mesmerising. This album exceeds the predictions set for it.

We can only hope for more of Matchbox Twenty of this caliber.

5-0 out of 5 stars Song for song, and as a whole, one of the best ever
I've listened to Matchbox Twenty's past two albums. I liked their first two very much, but this one takes the cake. They take their previous sound and take it to a whole other level. This album is at once grittier and softer than their previous releases. Grittier, with songs like "Feel" and "Cold"; softer, with songs like "Unwell" and "The Difference".

I will review the songs one by one:

1. Feel: When I first heard the song "Disease", I thought it was the hardest thing that Matchbox Twenty had written. I was wrong; this is. A very powerful rock song with heavy guitars; very angry yet surprisingly well-done lyrics. Not their best on the album, but far from their worst. 7.0/10.

2. Disease: I've heard this one plenty already, thanks. Another hard-rock song, slightly more subdued compared to the first. Fairly good but overplayed. 7.0/10.

3. Bright Lights: Very nice change compared to the last two. Starts out very quiet, and Rob's voice is up to the task. And then the guitars kick in, but not taking away from the early mood too much. Lyrics are among the best on the album. Probably the best single thus far. 9.5/10.

4. Unwell: Another single suffering from overplay, this one is still quite good for all that. Slower and quieter compared to the first two songs, and softer than the second half of "Bright Lights". Lyrics are again well-written. 8.5/10.

5. Cold: Back to the hard stuff. This one is probably their best pure "hard" song on this album. Trademark good lyrics, with good guitars to support. The key change near the end was a bit of a surprise, but a good one. Does Rob have a good vocal range or what? 8.5/10.

6. All I Need: They could have come up with a better intro, but the music through the rest of the song is pretty darned good. So are the lyrics, and Rob's execution is once again flawless. Not the cream of this album's crop, but it's up there. 7.5/10.

7. Hand Me Down: About as soft as they come on the album. While I generally tend to prefer softer songs over harder ones, this one seems just a bit limp, especially since Rob has to go falsetto during the first chorus. However, the lyrics do manage to save it from being the worst song on the album, and this song definitely has its moments. 7.0/10.

8. Could I Be You: I dunno about you guys, but there's something about the piano, guitar, and drum parts that don't quite seem to mix well, especially near the beginning. Perhaps the drums are too overstated there or something. Anyway, the poor start hurts this song, though it's not enough to drop it to the dreaded worst-song level. 7.0/10.

9. Downfall: Probably the biggest surprise on the album. Starts out with the kind of hard fare that's sprinkled through the rest of the album. Plus, the lyrics to go along with that are extremely good. That in itself would have been good enough to earn a high rating, but then the song suddenly breaks into a gospel chorus. What's more, they make the hard rock and the gospel mix extremely well, and Rob's voice is again up to the task of doing both the harder music and the softer parts. Highlight of the song has to be the part where the gospel choir is giving a vocal backdrop to Rob's softly-sung lyrics: "Lay me down; I'll always be with you/hear me now, with all that's within you...." Great stuff. 9.5/10.

10. Soul: Enh. This song has the typically good lyrics that Rob Thomas comes up with, but there's something about the musical composition that doesn't quite agree with me. Perhaps it's the fact that the chorus and the verses are too mismatched, or maybe it's the unkempt intro. I dunno what it is, but whatever it is gives this song my label of "worst song", though of course that's relative to all the other songs on the album. 5.5/10.

11. You're So Real: Transitioning from "Soul", this is somewhat reminiscent of some of the older rock songs out there. Rob's lyrics are difficult to criticize once again, even though his use of them is rather unusual compared with the previous songs. Where I find fault is, again, the music. Perhaps it's just me, but this sort of rock doesn't seem to agree with me very much, despite its slight resemblance to "All I Need". Still, it's not the worst on the album. 6.5/10.

12. The Difference: Beautiful. Just beautiful. While at least one review has labeled this particular song as being the closest to MB20's old material, I have to disagree. This song, with its soft organ and softer guitars, is just begging to become the next single. While it likely won't please the fans of the YoSLY, this song truly shows how far this group has come. Complaints of its length notwithstanding (since the track includes the hidden track "So Sad So Lonely"), the soft (but not too soft) music matched with some of the best lyrics on the album make this, in my personal opinion, the best song on the CD. 10.0/10.

13. So Sad, So Lonely: The hidden track. Personally, I would have preferred to end the album with "The Difference" and just left it at that. Still, it's not the worst song on the album. The fast pace of the song, coupled with Rob's lyrics, generally make this one more good than bad. 7.0/10.

Overall rating: The album is, for the most part, well-ordered, with well-conceived changes of pace, Rob's good lyrics and great vocals, and selection of good-to-great songs. Few mistakes, and plenty to sing praises about. 9.0/10.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Singles, Ok Album
Matchbox 20 released a lot of singles off of this album. I really enjoyed the ones they picked. I couldn't wait to get the album. I got it but, I wasn't impressed. The only good songs were the singles which were all overplayed besides "Downfall". Really, you would be better off listening to the radio, but, you would like a few songs that weren't singles. It's worth the money, but it's not the best of Matchbox 20.

Feel 2/5
Disease 5/5
Bright Lights 4/5
Unwell 5/5
Cold 3/5
All I Need 3/5
Hand Me Down 5/5
Could I Be You 4/5
Downfall 3/5
Soul 4/5
You're So Real 2/5
The Difference 3/5

CD - 3.6/5

1-0 out of 5 stars AWFUL
eddie vedter wanna be, awful cajin junk

this is the worst, THE worst rock since puddle of mudd

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST MB20 album YET!
I cannot believe I haven't reviewd this album earlier. This is by far my favorite cd, it has been for over a year now. Matchbox Twenty's music is so versatile and they can do sooo much with their sound, it's amazing. The songwriting was great (as usual), but the special part about that, is most the members of the band contributed, it wasn't just Rob Thomas who wrote all the music. Here is my take on the tracks:

Feel: This track has a sort of "techno" feel to it, and it has a harder rock sound to it, very catchy too.

Disease: Wanna I first heard this song I wasn't sure about it, I thought it was alright. Then when I heard the accoustic version on MB20's EP, I loved it!! Then I went back to this cd and played it and I got hooked.

Bright Lights: This was one of my top three favorites on the cd, even before it was released as a single. I'm so glad it was released, it starts slow, and then it really breaks into something, awesome song.

Unwell: This song was the song that persuaded me to buy the cd. However, I got really sick of this song lol, it's a nice song, but man oh man, radio really killed it. I'm surprised they didn't play it on the country radio station, it was that popular, plus it has a country sound to it.

Cold: Average song

All I Need: It doesn't jump out at me, but it's a nice listen.

Hand Me Down: This one was my favorite on the album when I purchased it, I love the lyrics, "I'm here for the hard times, the straight to your heart times, whenever it aint' easy you can stand up against me" The arrangement is kind of fast and not flowy at first but I love the song.

Could I Be You: Average, but good song.

Downfall: One of my favorites on the album, I love when the choir starts singing, this song is not like any other MB20 song, it's awesome. "Be My Savior, and I'll be your Downfall".

Soul: When I first popped the cd in, this one I really liked, the music is great, and the lyrics are nice.

Your So Real: Fun and fast!! One of my top 5

The Difference: My least favorite song on the album :( This song does nothing for me! The only thing I like about it, is that after it's over, "So Sad So Lonely", comes on.

So Sad, So Lonely (Bonus Track) Awesome song, it has a unique sound to it, interesting lyrics, one of my favorites.

THIS CD IS FOR ANY MUSIC FAN! It will be hard for their next album to outdo this one, if they make one! ... Read more


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