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81. With the Beatles
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81. With the Beatles
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Beatles strongest early albums.
Okay, the lyrics aren't up to Sgt. Pepper standards --it's still worthwhile to listen to. 'With The Beatles' was released at a time of innocence and decency, so the songs are simplistic. However, the music is to be unmatched. With maybe the exception of "Roll Over Beethoven" and "I wanna be your man", each track is a delightful and delicious melody unto it's own. One of the best kept secrets on the album..heck, best kept secrets in all of the Beatles discography is "All I've got to Do". It has a bluesy feel to it with typical tight Lennon/Macca two part harmony...and one my favorite middle eights they recorded.

Don't overlook "It won't Be Long", and the immortal "All my Loving". After those classic rockers, indulge yourself with Hari's debut track,and a good one to boot "Don't bother Me". Then groovy on down to the rockin harmonica in "Little Child". Alright, now take a rest and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL "Til There was You", one of my favorite Macca ballads. "Please Mr. Postman" and "Hold me Tight" are fine Lennon and McCartney upbeat tracks, even though the former was written by a girl group.

"Devil in Her Heart" is a wonderful sleeper with George on vocals. Lennon ends the album with "Not a Second Time" and "Money", two outstanding tracks.

Okay, from beginning to end..WTB is tight, no filler. Can you say that about most albums today? Actually, can you say that about most albums period?

That's what I thought. Get this!

3-0 out of 5 stars A major step-up
When you compare this record with his predecessor your comparing 2 different worlds -- released only 8 months after "please please me" , "with th beatles" is a significantly more consistent and better album . The opening-triade (it won't be long , all I've got to do , All my loving) matches up to their finest work . "Don't bother me" is a good Harrison song , no "While my guitar..." not even a "Taxman" , but still a good debut from a beginning guitarist ."Little child" is a serviceable rocker ."Please mr. postman" and "Till there was you are" both good covers . Side 2 is practically as good as side one . "Not a second time" , "I wanna be your man" (which Mr.Mac sold very clever to the Stones) and "Hold me tight" are good to very good early songs . "Roll over Beethoven and Money (which remembers me of "Twist 'n shout) are delightful covers and I also enjoy the underrated "devil in her heart" , pulled to a higher level by the brilliant interphrase "no this I can't believe" . Also check out the great 3-part harmonies in the Smokey Robinson cover (which reminds me a bit of their own , Robinson-inspired "This boy" ) "you really got a hold on me" .

5-0 out of 5 stars Under-estimated classic
One thing I would like to get straight, I doubt the Lennon - McCartney writing team had trouble fillign otu a whoel album with originals. To back my claim up think of all the fantastic singles from 1963 that didn't appear on this album. I think, rather, the cover versions are doen because the boys wanted to do them. Think of 'From me to you', 'Thank you girl', 'She loves you', 'I'll get you', 'I wanna hodl your hand' and 'This boy'. Six excellent self-penned numbers that could have replaced the six covers on this album. Thinking like that I don't see this album or "Please please me" as inferior to "A hard days night".

Anyway who doubts they could've have written six mroe songs for both records. I personally feel the covers gave them not only variety but also prestige. You have to remember that when this and Please Please me were released they weren't world-renowned popstars, they weren't considered the number one act [though don't worry it wasn't long] and for them to be covering artists who were as renowned at the time as the Shirrelles and the Motown acts, it was their way of saying 'we're just as good as the best of them'.

Fantastic album by the way, almost flawless. There was just something about those early Beatles recordings, vibrance. They were so vibrant, like early rock n roll but even more so, mainly due to major-key melodies in the song-writing efforts.

Of the originals, All my loving is probably one of the finest pop songs ever recorded and is definitely my favourite Beatles song, George Harrison's Don't Bother Me is a very unusual song for it's time. It's interesting because on Abbey Road Lennon and McCartney are the disillusioned ones and Harrison seems at peace ['Here comes the sun'], but at this early stage Harrison seems quite disillusioned. Other standouts are Not a second time, Hold me tight, All I've got to do and Ringo singing I wanna be your man, which are all fantastic. The remaining Original numbers are great songs.

Of the cover versions, Roll over Beethoven is classic, and they do excellent jobs of You really got a hold on me, Please Mr. Postman, 'Til there was you and Money. Devil in her heart is not my favourite lyrically but there's nothing wrong with it otherwise.

One of my firm favourite Beatle Recordings and a must have for any fan of their music or early 60's pop music.

5-0 out of 5 stars A superior sequel
Because the Beatles fame and success came so quickly and intensely, it would have been forgivable if their second album didn't match the high quality of their debut. But, in trademark Beatle fashion, they not only matched it, they topped it. The same kind of material is here, just better. "I Wanna Be Your Man", "It Won't Be Long", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Little Child", and "Hold Me Tight" made "With The Beatles" the most downright *hard rocking* album you could get at the end of 1963. But to even it out, some slower numbers are included, all of which are sublime. "All I've Got to Do" is gorgeous, and "Don't Bother Me", George Harrison's first original, is actually one of the best tracks on the album. Even "Till There Was You", a cover of a musical number, is a standout (and the guitar solo proves just how accomplished a guitar player George really was). The only possible gripe for this fantastic album is that their originals are now so good that the covers sound a little bland in comparison. But don't worry, that's something they would remedy on the next album.
~John Ballantyne

5-0 out of 5 stars Post-1963 Beatles albums ought to be outlawed !!!!!!!!
Mhhh... wooooooooooooooooaw!!! this one really rocks.......... hard to find the beatles in a better shape and with a better sound...

no dopes. no pot. no lsd. no nothing. just the beatles. well, that's how it was up to the help! album, after which they became somehow more turned into psychedelic-pop. hey, the result wasn't always that bad, mind you, but it somehow brilliantly culminated with sgt pepper, after which, well...

wait a second... where are we, here...? in the cavern, or in some place like that...? the music sounds just sooo great, you could almost see girlies swinging around in college dresses, occasionally sipping at their soda-pops... mhhh... really cool, fresh, mint, innocent and groovy, just that great early sixties atmosphere... ... Read more

82. Really Rosie (1975 Television Special)
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Carole King's 11 songs for the Really Rosie TV special (it originally aired in1975) came from characters found in Maurice Sendak's books The Sign on Rosie'sDoor and Nutshell Library, but it can easily be argued that the charactersnever really lived until given voice by King. Ostensibly the story of Rosie--a little girlfrom Avenue P, who, dontcha know, is a star just waiting to be discovered--there areother delightful characters here, including Johnny ("who lived by himself and liked it likethat!") and Pierre (who learns to care after being eaten by a lion). There are also a coupleof straight-up educational songs: one an alphabet song (the wonderfully alliterative"Alligators All Around"), the other a calendar song ("Chicken Soup with Rice"). Greatmusic that's delightful for children and parents alike, Really Rosie remains a familyfavorite for all the right reasons. --Randy Silver --This text refers to the Audio CDedition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS CLASSIC for young and old alike
This is bar none the best children's sing along soundtrack around. I first enjoyed this as a child in the seventies, then purchased it for my class of pre-schoolers in the nineties who loved singing along and learning their ABC's and seasons with tunes like Chicken Soup With Rice and Aligators All Around. Now in the 21st Century, I've bought both the video and the cd for my young daughter and she is sure to grow up loving the tunes. It's amazing how I recalled every word of songs like Pierre and One Was Johnny after so many years! Ms. King's voice lends itself perfectly to the sweet melodies of this soundtrack, and adults will love singing along as each song tells a story about Rosie and her bunch of friends and the lessons they learn. I recommend also buying the video if you can find it, and sharing this one with all the kids in your life. This one stayed with me from childhood to adulthood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tears to my eyes
I've always had fond memories of the music from this animated tv special. It first showed when I was about 13 and was geared toward younger children, but my mother and I immediately fell in love with Rosie as brought to life by Carole King. The songs have been on my mind ever since, but it never occurred to me to look for the soundtrack. By chance, I found it yesterday in an educational supplies store and bought it immediately for my daughter, Samantha. Samantha has always reminded me of Rosie because of her outgoing, flamboyant and theatrical personality. When we listened to it together, the words, music and memories came flooding back and overwhelmed me. It is all I remember and more. Samantha and I both have the same favorites, "Pierre" and "Chicken Soup With Rice." I told Mom about finding it and she can't wait to come over and listem with Samantha and me. Any child and parent will immediately fall in love with the catchy, easy to remember songs in this collection. Now if I can only find the video.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Childhood Memories
I saw the original broadcast of this when I was only 6 years old.

My parents bought me the album - and I listened to it, until it just completely wore out.

We bought a Maurice Sendek video over the weekend...I cried when I realized how many songs I remembered. Went looking for this - it's been a quest for 4 years to find the CD...WOW.

I'm tickled ROSIE!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Memories Galore
When I was a kid I had this album. I found it again on cassette probably 15 years ago now. It's finally available on CD and I can't wait to get my hands on it. The music is perfect for kids but mature enough that adults enjoy it too. I can listen to these songs over and over again and I still love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 1975
What happens when Carole King gets together with Maurice Sendack? Pure fun and magic! The cartoon is a gem, but the music really brings out the kids of Avenue P. "One Was Johnny" "Chicken Soup" "Screamin & Yellin" are all treats but the real classic here is "Avenue P." Though never originally included in the cartoon (the last half of the album isn't), teh song paints a picture of a little girl's longing and dreams while being trapped in a small town. I also have to give a special shout to "Awful Truth" where Rosie envisions herself married to Dracula and dining on rats and mush made of bats! Makes no sense, nor does ending the song with dogs barking but you gotta love it! ... Read more

83. Best of Me
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If Bryan Adams's no-frills, blue-collar image evokes a Canadian take on Springsteen, his voice--and especially his pop sensibility--recalls Rod Stewart during his post-Faces Top 40 years. There's a deceptively effortless sincerity that masks the sometimes mundane themes of the infectious hits (the cheap nostalgia of "Summer of '69" and the various romantic concerns of "Run to You," "The Best of Me," and "Please Forgive Me") gathered on this updated hits collection. (Just five of the tracks appear on his previous So Far, So Good anthology.) It's hardly surprising to learn that Adams began his career as a tunesmith covered by everyone from BTO and Loverboy to Kiss and Bonnie Tyler. That eclecticism bubbles up throughout this modern compilation, from the flamenco flavors of Don Juan De Marco's "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" to the MTV Unplugged classical-strings-backed rendition of "I'm Ready" and the surprisingly effective electronica of "Cloud Number Nine." This collection chronicles Adams's rise from '80s AOR (album-oriented-rock) contender to '90s MOR (middle-of-the-road) superstar, thanks to his Grammy- and Oscar-winning hit "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" from Robin Hood and harmonizing with Sting and Stewart on Three Musketeers' "All for Love." --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Best But Not Best.
I learned about that CD couple months ago, before it was released in the United States. I've been looking for it even in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum, with no results. Now, it finally came out 3 years after the United Kingdom's release of this compilation in 1999.

It's a good compilation because it has a retrospective point of view on the Adams' career. However, the album supposed to be 'the best of' Bryan, and it's missing some other great songs that definitely should be here: Do I Have To Say The Words?, Heaven, Somebody, and Kids Wanna Rock.

'The Best Of Me' suprisingly (NOT) includes 3 excellent songs from the album '18 'Til I Die' which was considered by some critics to be the falldown of Bryan Adams as a singer. They should rather consider the album "Into The Fire" which doesn't have any song included on that CD, even though it was a good one anyway.

The album also have finally available song "All For Love" which was only available before on the soundtrack to the movie "The Three Muskeeters" starring Kiefer Shuterland, Oliver Platt, and Rebecca De Mornay besides others.

The booklet includes lyrics to the all of the songs.

Basically, it's a very good compilation to buy. However, let's hope for really 'the best' in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!
This is an essential buy whether you are a die hard Bryan Adams fan or not, it's a must for all music-lovers. Okay, I admit it's not as good as So Far So Good which has a better collection, but its still absolutely mindblowing! Besides, So Far So Good doesn't have "Have you ever really loved a woman" which happens to be my all-time favourite. I think all the songs are great, though I like "Summer of '69 ", "Inside Out" and "I'm Ready" the best. "I'm Ready" in particular, is spellbinding. Bryan's mesmerising voice, of course, adds to the beauty of all the songs and will leave the listener speechless. If your mind is oscillating as to whether you should buy this or not, go for it, without a second thought. It is, indubitably one of the best audios I have come across in a long time. It is the perfect blend of frothy songs like "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me" and heartmelting ones like " Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" and "Cloud #9." The title track is also impressive. All in all "Best of Me" is truly a masterpiece, the true work of a GENIUS!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not All That Best
It just surprises me when it really comes to hits collections. They really don't seem to hit the nail on the head. It really isn't anything new here, especially when a better hits collection by the same artist was issued earlier. Bryan Adams truly knows about making great songs, but not always hits collections. During his beginnings in the 80's, he defied the feeling of Rock music and Pop combined. That still hasn't changed here. His music is still as universal, with a lot of strength that people think of a guilty pleasure. Well, he might seem like that right now, but there is more to this Canadian than guilty.

The Best Of Me, the second Bryan Adams Greatest Hits collection of his big songs from the 80's and 90's. All in all, the songs here include his biggest hits from the era, including his biggest movie ballads, Everything I Do (I Do It For You) from Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? from Don Juan Demarco, as well as other great pop songs to his career. The album also includes other great songs that were also on his earlier hits collection such as Summer Of '69, Can Start This Thing We Started, and Run To You. The album also adds some other goodies such as Back To You from his appearance on MTV Unplugged, Cloud Number Nine, and Let's Make A Night To Remember.

There also are some downsides to this collection, the album does overlook some of Bryan's die hard hits from the 80's such as Heaven, This Time, Cuts Like A Knife, It's Only Love his duet with Tina Turner, and other good songs. Those songs were featured on his earlier hits collection, So Far So Good from 1993. All in all, fans might seem a whole lot uninterested in this collection, but is a strong welcome to any Bryan Adams and his strong feel in music. If this was combined with the other hits collection, than more people would've bought The Best Of Me. Still, Bryan Adams quality hasn't changed in the music, and people still appreciate his music today, straight from that heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best is the best.
It's very good album my favourite rocker,its from serie N.Carter.D,Chervet,,Leap of faith''.Its my best music and i like it.yeah rock going on...

4-0 out of 5 stars Grade B+
This greatest hits collection picks up were the last hits collection, SO FAR SO GOOD, left off. SO FAR.. covered Bryan during his bigger cds, and ALL.. in his lesser days, that maybe why the new collection carries five songs off the first collection. ALL.. may cover the lesser selling cds, but they were still descent to good cds, and deserve a place in Adams history along side the bigger selling cds. There is stil plenty to listen too, and plenty of boyhood songs to crank up, though done reaches the heights of SUMMER OF 69, & EVERTHING I DO, so that maybe the reason they included on this collection, instead of going more into depth on the latter cds. Still a good listen. ... Read more

84. Richard Marx - Greatest Hits
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It's telling that Richard Marx broke into the music business singing backup vocals for Lionel Richie and writing songs with Kenny Rogers and Chicago, for he kept to the straightforward, middle-of-the-road approach of those acts once he became a recording artist in his own right--not that there's anything wrong with that. A dependable hitmaker throughout the late '80s and early '90s, Marx scored with rockers ("Don't Mean Nothing," "Should've Known Better"), and ballads ("Right Here Waiting," "Endless Summer Nights") alike. Greatest Hits collects those songs as well as the lion's share of his high-end chart action--of which there was plenty, proving that a devotion to craft sometimes pays off better than fickle inspiration. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Greatest Hits that really is worthy of the notorious title
It's a known fact that the majority of Greatest Hits albums have at least one or two of that artist's best songs missing, leaving the fans to wonder why. Richard Marx's Greatest Hits album is a major exception. Every single one of his biggest hits are included on this 17-track compilation that is more than worthy of the name "greatest hits".

Richard Marx is one of the best artists of all time when it comes to the art of love songs, or ballads. From gems like "Now and Forever", "Angelia", to his signature song, "Right Here Waiting," he really knows how to write and perform ballads with the greatest of ease.

Not only are all of his great ballads included in Greatest Hits, but there are also upbeat rockers ("Should've Known Better" and "Satisfied") and other lyrical journeys ("Don't Mean Nothing", "Take This Heart", and "Hazard").

All of the songs have one thing in common: all of them are great to listen to time and time again. My favorites are: "Satisfied", "Endless Summer Nights", "Hazard", "Should've Known Better", and "Right Here Waiting".

As if the songs themselves aren't enough, inside the cd's booklet, Richard tells his personal stories about each song. For example, it's interesting to learn that "Hazard" and "Right Here Waiting" almost never got released, and that "Endless Summer Nights" was turned down by several record companies, before becoming a #2 hit a couple of years later after Marx's big breakthrough.

If you're a Richard Marx fan, or just a fan of great rock 'n roll, especially ballads, THIS Greatest Hits is a must have!

4-0 out of 5 stars Satisfied.
There was a time when "Richard Marx" could do no wrong. He put out "rockers" for the guys, and ballads for the girls. His songs were played at a thousand school dances, and in as many car tape-decks. This is as good as a collection from him could be. I can't think of one song missing. As much as "Don't Mean Nothin'" and "Right Here Waiting" take you back to the late 80's, I actually like some of his later stuff more. "Keep Coming Back" is a very smooth and mature song from him, and my favorite song is probably "Hazard". That songs story is just an excellent and moving piece of music. In short, this is THE cd of his to have for those "Endless Summer Nights".

5-0 out of 5 stars The Cream Of The Crop from Richard Marx!!
Richard Marx was one of the most enduring singer/songwriters of the late 1980's and early 1990's. This 1997 "Greatest Hits" compilation truly lives up to its title as it includes nearly every big hit Marx had during his successful heyday.
Mellow rock classics such as "Endless Summer Nights", "Now and Forever", "Hazard", "Angelia" and Marx's signature ballad "Right Here Waiting" are included here alongside the more aggressive hits "Don't Mean Nothing", "Take This Heart", "Satisfied" and "Should've Known Better".
While it contains most of his hits, Richard Marx's "Greatest Hits" is missing a few tracks that were worthy of inclusion. Both 1994's "Nothing Left Behind Us" and 1991's hit ballad "Chains Around My Heart" are not on this compilation but their ommission was probably due to lack of space that can fit onto one disc. Regardless of these two missing tracks, this "Greatest Hits" compilation offers the cream of the crop of Richard Marx's most successful output along with some great songwriting and dynamic vocals.
This disc is truly a trip down memory lane and is a definite must for the die-hard Marx fan and for fans of the '80s, period. If you don't own this one yet, buy it. You'll be glad you did.

On a personal note, Richard Marx's songs were an influence on my own songwriting in the early '90s. So from me to Mr. Marx, thanks for the great music and for being a continued influence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this cd!
I just recently got this cd cuz a friend recommended it to me. I am only 19 so a lot of the songs i never heard previously. I do remember Don't mean nothing, Should've known better, Right here waiting, Hold on to the nights, and Endless summer nights though. Those are my favorite songs. Richard Marx has such a great voice! This is one cd i will listen to often.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop/rock for the serious music fan!
I knock pop music all the time. I'm not gonna appologize for that here. However, I can tell you that Richard Marx mixes his pop music with just enough rock to give it a flavor that distinguishes it from all that radio-friendly crap (although his music is not stranger to the top of the charts, either).

This was the first CD I purchased by Marx (I've since bought a couple others). It remains one of my favorite CD's I've listened to. Marx may have appeal to women (...) but this GUY is here to tell you that his music is for men, too; especially those who love good music.

Marx certainly knows how to write. Such rockers as "Don't Mean Nothing," "Take This Heart," and "Satisfied" are superb entertainment delights; tender ballads, such as "Right Here Waiting" and "Now and Forever" hold your attention riveted.

I must say, his best music is his power ballads. Such numbers as "Endless Summer Nights," "Should've Known Better," "Angelia," and "Hold on to the Nights" are powerful and moving. Others fit more diversely into a category. (...) "Hazard" is a beautiful story song about a man suspected of murdering his lover--probably my favorite Marx song to date. "The Way She Loves Me" is a groovy number featuring Lionel Ritche and Luther Vandross.

Not all of these songs are standouts, of course. "Angel's Lullaby," written for Marx's kids, is a bit too personal for anyone other than a parent to grasp. "Until I Find You Again" lacks something the other power ballads have. "Keep Coming Back" just can't keep your attentioin; and "Children of the Night" is basically a cliched charity song--good intentions, but not great music.

Other than that, Richard Marx's GREATEST HITS is quite an acheivement--an album of great songs that meld pop and rock into a groove that Marx's raspy voice cleary identifies with. In a world where "alternative" music is considered the only music of value, it's nice to hear someone doing something different with pop music. Making the ordinary extraordinary, you could say. ... Read more

85. Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast)
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For his second Broadway musical (and first time out writing a full show directly for the stage), Elton John certainly set his sights high by turning to one of the grandest of all operas as a source. His continued collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice has produced a work far closer to the agreeable pop style and formula of the team's Disney musical, The Lion King, than to the majesty and tragic passion of Verdi's opera. But the compelling tale of conflicting loyalties and star-crossed lovers--retooled in part by acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang--inspires some of John's signature melodic felicity, as in "Elaborate Lives" and "Every Story Is a Love Story." And the original cast recording marks a dramatic leap forward from 1999's dreary mishmash studio concept album, thanks to the heat generated by Heather Headley and Rent star Adam Pascal as the forbidden lovers. Sherie René Scott can turn on a dime from a parodic stance ("My Strongest Suit") to sad resignation ("I Know the Truth"), while the three get to blend in the ensemble "A Step Too Far"--a pop counterpart to the intensity of operatic ensemble. The score touches on reggae and gospel, and on all-out rock balladry (where it's fun to hear Pascal clearly imitating John's characteristic vocal inflections), but it's most touching in the more reflective moments given to Headley's dignified Nubian princess. --Thomas May ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Elton John and Tim Rice are the perfect collaborators ever!
Ever since The Lion King, I have loved Elton John and Tim Rice, they're the perfect team! They prove that, yet again, with this wonderful musical; Aida! Heather Headley has proved her talent with, my favorite musical, Julie Taymor's The Lion King! She has the most beautiful voice and acting talent! And I'm so glad to hear her singing again, and still in full power and beauty. Adam Pascal made an amazing transformation from RENT to Aida! He plays Radames perfectly, besides the fact that he sings wonderfully! The songs on this CD are all great, absolutely NO FILLER! Every song is perfect! The Elaborate Lives song (original & reprise) are possibly my favorites. We hear two full length songs that are absolutely perfect! I LOVE THEM~! I also truly love the songs Every Story is a Love Story, Written in the Stars, Not Me, The Gods Love Nubia, and Easy as Life! Not to exclude the others, but those ones are my favorite, but I never skip any of the songs, for they are all perfect. The musical has so many different sounds, the music is so different from itself...but they bind superbly! You'll love this CD! Enjoy!

One more thing....I think the Tony people should be ashamed! What is their problem! They didn't even nominate Aida for best musical! What's up with that? Huh! AAAAH! 'Cause I can think of some other musicals that could AND SHOULD be excluded from the category! Aida is wonderful and should have been nominated! At least Heather Headley one best actress in a musical! Dang straight! Go Heather! And to the voters...Grrr...

4-0 out of 5 stars it has its good points....
first off, lemme just say AIDA is my third favortie musical of all time. It really is a good cd (if you ignore the screeching of Heather Headleys voice). I admit, at first i bought this just to hear my all time favortie guy, Adam =) i fell in love with him from my RENT cd, and thank goodness his voice is still just as sexy and powerful and moving! his voice alone if worth the price of this cd. He is amazing!!! Another outstanding (and usually overlooked) performer is Sherie Rene-Scott. She is so cute!!! I love her to death, she is a true performer with a wonderful voice, one that i must say far surpasses that of Heathers. Ive also seen the show, so i can say Sherie is also more pleasing to look at than Heather is =P Adam and Sherie together make for some wonderful songs on this cd, and the Elton John music isnt bad at all. I dont like the Zoser songs on this cd (Another Pyramid, Like Father Like Son) but other than that the music is quite good. If you just ignore Heather, this cd is 100% enjoyable =)

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty overrated, but decent.
I write this review as someone who has not seen the actual show but has listened to the soundtrack, so I will not be commenting on the quality of the show itself -- especially considering this is supposed to be a review of the actual soundtrack rather than the show as a whole, correct?

I have heard a lot about Aida, as many seem to be taken under its spell, if you will. I will admit that I was relatively unimpressed upon listening to the soundtrack. Many of the songs resemble another on the album...there are plenty I could have done without. I especially looked forward to hearing the seemingly phenomenal Heather Headly in the role of Aida, but I was also unimpressed by her as well. I will admit, she has a good voice, but that's about it. She is certainly no match to someone like Idina Menzel (Wicked), or Linda Eder, who is famous for a reason. Heather Headly is good, yes, but in my opinion, not nearly as good as everyone makes her out to be.

The person on this album who I feel overshadows her (and everyone else) is Sherie Rene Scott (Amneris), who I had heard virtually nothing about prior to listening to the recording. Perhaps she shines because she is the only character with any real DEPTH to work with, as the story is generally flat and at least she manages to entertain. Her voice shines in "Every Story is a Love Story" and especially "My Strongest Suit." She keeps your attention, and I am glad she is given the first and last songs in the show.

My favorite songs on this recording: "Not Me," "My Strongest Suit," "Every Story is a Love Story," & "Radames' Letter."

Songs the album could have done without: Most of the others, especially Zoser's songs (as most reviewers have mentioned). Most of Aida's songs are overrated and sound the same, as with Radames' songs. Basically, once you've heard one of them, you've heard them all.

I wouldn't spend money on this recording. I myself checked it out from the library and am content to have done so. I've heard it, there are a couple decent songs, but all in all, I could have gone without it. If you are looking for a great recording of a Broadway show, go with something like "Wicked" or "Miss Saigon."

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect...
This IS musical theatre. Gorgeous, beautiful, rich soundtrack, amazingly talented actors, and a wonderful story to work with makes this one of my personal favorites. Those who criticize this obviously don't know what they're talking about and should keep their mouths shut if they have nothing better to do than put down what can only be described as perfect.

1-0 out of 5 stars The worst POP concert I've ever seen!
This is a pop concert that masquerades as musical theater. And not even a good one at that. The voices aren't good and the lines so trite I wanted to laugh while the actors were delivering them seriously.

Just go see The Lion KIng. Nothing beats the original. ... Read more

86. All Things Must Pass [DIGI-PAK EDITION]
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good album, but...
Not a great one. The inclusion of "The Original Jam" (originally titled 'Apple Jam') simply does not warrant this. Any musician can get his friends together in the studio and jam, record and release it. But George does this and it inflates the cost of his 2 disc set. For what? As it is, the orignal 2-disc set (with some exceptions) more than stands on its own. "I'd Have You Anytime" has George starting out his first solo disc with a slow, almost dreamy, country sounding (The Band comes to mind) song. Super tune with a beautiful guitar solo near the end. "My Sweet Lord", despite the lawsuits with this song, when I hear those big acoustic guitars and that chanting, I remember that this was THE song of late 1970. "Wah-Wah" is one the few songs hurt by the big Phil Spector production employed on this disc. Being that it is such a good song, it simply doesn't need it. However, Ringo excels on drums. "Isn't It A Pity" is a superb song. Nice arrangment by John Barham with the strings and good counter melody played by George on guitar but the song goes on too long. "What Is Life" is George's pop song--and a darn good one too. Catchy, with stinging guitar and good horns. More country leanings with Dylan's "If Not For You." This song benefits from an uncluttered arrangement. Kudos here to steel pedal guitarist Pete Drake who performs magnificently on this song as well as others on this disc. "Behind That Locked Door" is another fairly sparse countryish production, although not as good as the previous song. "Let It Down" has Harrison going back to the big production and succeeding. Cannon drum shots cut through the reverb to highlight one of Harrison's more thoughtful songs. "Run of the Mill" boasts George singing (very well) a gorgeous tune. A definite highlight of this disc. "Beware of Darkness," lyrically could be the high point for Harrison on this set. A very interesting and moody piece. "Apple Scuffs" is just an ode to the fans who hung around the Apple offices. Simple and to the point, and it works. "Sir Frankie Crisp" a piano driven piece of no real consequence. "Awaiting On You All" is another bloated production that is today, almost unlistenable. Besides, its too preachy. "All Things Must Pass" was debuted during the "Let It Be" sessions. This song could be the jewel of the set. Passionately mournful, expertly sung with beautiful words. Harrison outdoes himself. "I Dig Love" is a dud. Filler. Did he forget all of a sudden how to write words? "Art Of Dying." Can there be a religious, up tempo pop song about dying? Sure, but does anyone want to hear about it, that is the real question. "Isn't It A Pity (version 2)". There is no need for this. Version one sufficed well enough, thank you. And finally we have "Hear Me Lord" which closes out the set. It's not a bad song but by now the overall preachiness of the set has worn in and another song about religion is overkill. This is unfortunate as the backing for the song is tremendous. The only redeemable features for me regarding the bonus materials were "I Live For You" featuring more superb playing by Pete Drake and the alternate backing track of "What Is Life," which has the different arrangement which I enjoyed. The 2 demos ("Beware of Darkness" and "Let It Down") didn't peak my curiosity much. The re-do of the hit "My Sweet Lord" was just awful. It's interesting that Harrison would never again use the big Spector production approach again for his material (for the most part). By cheapening the album with a 'jam' that had no relevance to the rest of the set, Harrison hurt the overall feel of the disc. However, the disc was a success because of the good songwriting, superb musicianship and crafting of each song.

5-0 out of 5 stars The First And The Greatest Solo Record By An Ex-Beatle
What can I say that hasn't already been said? Well, nothing, but oh well. This record easily beats out any of the other records put out by the other Beatles at this time. Also, after being shut up for so many years, George was finally able to freely write, record, and release his own work. Sure, Phil Spector's production seems overblown today, and I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of his "wall of sound" technique, but "All Things Must Pass Naked" would be a terrible travesty and an insult to the music that George Harrison made. It also stands as a testament to the times. Almost every song on this record is excellent, and even the songs that aren't as good are still WAY better than anything released today. My personal favorites are "My Sweet Lord", "Wah-Wah", "Isn't It A Pity" (The version from side 1), "What Is Life", "Let It Down", "Beware Of Darkness", "All Things Must Pass", and "Art Of Dying". I've seen several complaints that George is too preachy on some songs (i.e. "Awaiting On You All"). Well, George was a religious person, and he wrote good enough lyrics, so it doesn't matter if it's too preachy. The bonus tracks are pretty good, although I prefer the original "My Sweet Lord" to the reworked version, but that one's also pretty good. Also, I think that Phil Spector should have used the backing track of "What Is Life" offered in the bonus tracks, instead of the original, but that's just a small detail. I'm also glad that the Apple Jam was preserved, instead of left off, because you can't blame them for jamming, especially when you have an all-star team like they did on this record. My only beef is that the Apple Jam is out of order. Overall, this is definitely an essential record to any rock music collection, and if you're a guitar player, you'd like the Apple Jam.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Sweet Lord.
this is one of the greatest thing ever recorded by human kind. I CAN'T SAY MORE. love ya george!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Of George Harrison!
When The Beatles were a group Harrison was the least noticed of
the "Fab Four".When the Beatles decided to break up and go out on their own he rocked the world with this album.This album
became a best seller and an instant hit.When you would turn on the radio during the 1970's you would hear a song off of this album.Not only was the album a best seller,Harrison also had two
singles that were also big.One of the songs was "What Is Life".
The other song that turned into a megahit was "My Sweet Lord".
You can still turn on the radio today(30 years later) and still
hear this song being played.Another song that I still remember
from this album was "If Not For You".George Harrison had struck
it big on his own.He recently died and will be sorely missed.If
you want to hear good music and own a piece of history purchase
this CD.You will never forget it.

2-0 out of 5 stars I should have passed
I like the Beatles, and I thought George's were the best Beatle songs. I like Concert for George and I like other people playing his music. After watching/listening to Concert for George, I decided to get a George CD to round out my music a bit.

Read all the glowing great 5-star reviews for ATMP, and recognized a couple of the popular songs, so I figured I was in for a treat. However, as much as I hate to say it, I can't even give it an average rating. I've listened to it enough times on the way to work (and once at home during an exercise in music appreciation) to be caught by any catchy tunes or inspired songs, and I'm afraid there aren't very many. Yes, there is My Sweet Lord, Isn't It a Pity, What Is Life, If Not For You (isn't it a Dylan song) - and that's about it. I try to get into Wah-Wah (though somewhat muddled) and try to like some of Beware of Darkness. Beyond that it is a struggle to listen to, I'm sorry to say. ... Read more

87. Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Singles Collection
This American compilation (not available in the UK or anywhere else other than as an import product) is the most complete singles collection on one CD. Unlike "Tears for Fears - Tears Roll Down - Greatest Hits", it also features songs which cannot be found on the duo's first three albums 'The Hurting', 'Songs from the Big Chair' and 'Sowing the Seeds of Love'.

The track listing is almost chronological to the singles released back in the eighties and nineties, and therefore gives the listener a chance to experience the way Tears For Fears changed its sound with the passing of time.

It is worth noting that this compilation is the only one that includes tracks from Tears For Fears 'Elemental' album -- 'Break it Down Again' and 'Goodnight Song'. 'Elemental' is in fact a solo album by singer/songwriter Roland Orzabal released after the duo 'split' in the early 90's. There are no tracks here from 'Raoul and the Kings of Spain', Tears For Fears's last album, and another solo project by Roland Orzabal. For the record, there is a new album (not another compilation, but a collection of new songs) due for release in April 2004 titled 'Everybody Loves a Happy Ending', featuring the original duo line up of Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal.

If you're looking for a solid collection than spans around fifteen years, then 'Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears' is the one to get.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good collection from under-rated duo
Tears For Fears is the duo who crafted intelligent, tuneful pop songs back in the 1980's, riding the "new wave" sound of that era. The duo parted ways in the early 90's, and this is the first hits album to include Roland Orzabal's post breakup material recorded under the TFF name. Curt Smith has the more impressive voice, but Orzabal is also a solid vocalist, with his solo hit Break It Down Again a memorable track. This album fails to include anything from the 2nd Orzabal TFF solo album Raoul and The Kings of Spain, which had a few memorable tracks but was a commercial and chart flop. If you like Tears For Fears you might also want to get the last album and Elemental in addition to the hits collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long Live Roland and Curt!
This is just an absolutely fantastic collection of music. Tears For Fears wrote some of the most beautuful tunes I've ever heard and this compilation puts all my favorites in one place. It is still a stunner to hear these tracks and I will never tire of songs like "Mad World", "I Believe", or "Shout".
...and the best part is, Roland and Curt are back! I found out recently that they have a new record coming (9/14/04) called "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending". Damn Right! Their 1st record back in like 15 years! It's a great to be a TFF Fan again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of TFF
A great collection of Tears For Fears songs. I haven't heard any of their songs that weren't one of their big hits, but their greatest really were the very best. It was also helpful to read about their inspirations. Now that I know they used psychological theories to write their songs, the music makes even more sense.

3-0 out of 5 stars Has a lame version of "Mothers Talk".
Has a lame version of "Mothers Talk". ... Read more

88. The Essential Billy Joel
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Early in his career, Billy Joel seemed cynical about fame, even as that distrust bore strange fruit: mainstream superstardom (thanks to "Just the Way You Are," "Honesty," and "My Life") and multiple Grammy awards, as well as the critic's-whipping-boy status that went with them. Maybe it was that restlessness--or undiluted cynicism--that inspired left turns into roots and nostalgia (the spunky "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me," "You May Be Right," "Uptown Girl," and "The Longest Time") as his career peaked. Perhaps not surprisingly, not long after Joel's songs seemed to find their most satisfying balance of angst and mature reflection on songs like "Storm Front" and "River of Dreams," he threatened to bolt the pop music business altogether. The 2001 recordings of "Waltz No. 1" and "Invention in C Minor" that round out this set are the unlikely products of Joel's commitment to classical music. Billy Joel remains both a true, if oft-lambasted, American pop icon and that rarest of animals: a bonafide crowd-pleaser with a serious case of 'tude. Both are well chronicled here. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not exactly Essential
One of the biggest complaints I've always had about greatest hits that they're full of greatest hits. Often an artist's best material is the album stuff, the never-heard-on-the-radio stuff. This collection addresses that issue well for the most part, adding Miami 2017, a lesser-known gem from Turnstiles. This collection would truly be essential, if not for the unforgivable sin of omitting Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, perhaps Billy's greatest album track and a steadfast favorite of Billy Joel enthusiasts. Scenes, in my opinion, is a far more essential Billy recording than fluff like We Didn't Start the Fire or Uptown Girl.

The best solution? If you want a true chronicle of Billy's best work and some of his lesser-known material, buy the Complete Hits Collection (Greatest Hits Vols. 1-3, and a bonus cd with live stuff), and Songs In the Attic, which offers energetic live performances of Billy's older material.

Essential is good overall, but could have been much better.

4-0 out of 5 stars The "Essential collection" vs. "Greatest Hits 1 & 2".
It really comes down to what songs you want most. The "Greatest Hits 1 & 2" have 24 tracks, and include "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant", "Big Shot", "Pressure", and "You're Only Human (second wind)", all of which are missing here. Also that set only goes through the mid-eighties. However, this "Essential Collection" is 36 tracks, and career-spanning. It includes "Miami 2017 (see the light go out on broadway)", "Leave A Tender Moment Alone", "A Matter Of Trust", "I Go To Extremes", "We Didn't Start The Fire", "Downeaster Alexa", and "River Of Dreams", all missing on the "Hits 1 & 2". Now the "Greatest Hits Volume 3" would complement the first two nicely, but then you're buying two collections. My guess is that if you're a casual fan, like myself, you'll be more than happy with "The Essential Billy Joel". Either way, "It's Still Rock n' Roll To Me".

4-0 out of 5 stars Is Billy Joel Crazy or a Genius?
This is a good compliation of Billy Joel's work. It has a large range of his good stuff, although it could have been better.

The first disc is mostly his older stuff, beginning with Piano Man. They are all well written and well sung songs. The mood of the music changes with almost every track. No matter what mood you're in, there will be a song to fit it.

Personally, I think that The Entertainer, My Life, You May Be Right, Miami 2017, and Movin' Out are the best songs on this CD. I have never cared for Captian Jack or Just The Way You Are, but that's an opinion. All in all, Disc One is probably a 9/10.

Disc Two isn't quite as good. The songs are of the same quality, but some of the last tracks are unesscary. While Disc One was a range of generas, this one is mostly rock, and that's OK. Joel does well with almost anything.

Uptown Girl is a classic, as well as We Didn't Start The Fire. Baby Grand will always be remembered, as it was a duet with Ray Charles. Together Joel and Charles are two of the best singer/songwriters, and this is a perfect song for them. I have always liked The River Of Dreams and The Downeaster "Alexa".

Lullabye, Waltz No. 1 (and hopefully last), Invention In C Minor, and Goodnight Saigon, were put on this album for reasons best known to Sony and Sony only. They were a waste of CD and aren't good tracks. Lullabye, however, does work to put people to sleep, and might be good if you have a young child. The CD that was wasted on these few tracks would have been better spent on Scenes From An Italian Resturant, Stranger, and Sleeping With The Television On. OK, that last one isn't known all that well, but it was a fun rock song that I never tire of. All in all, probably an 8/10 CD.

Besides the aforementioned, this is one of the best Greatest Hits/Essential CDs made, with only a few mistakes. If you are a Billy Joel fan, whether die-hard or just occasional, this is the CD for you.

IS Billy Joel crazy or a genius? Well, this CD gives grounds for either arguement. I think he's a little bit of both, as his songs are marvelous time and time again.

This compliation is 4 stars for me, but only because of the missing few tracks. With the few that I talked about above switched around, it would easily, very easily, be a 5 star CD.

3-0 out of 5 stars Remastering makes this album sound too harsh and bright
I cringed when I first played the Essential Billy Joel on my KEF Q series speakers -- This album is one of the worst remastering efforts I've heard recently. The sound is way, way too bright (enhanced treble), and it really wears on the ears after a few songs if you're listening to it on good speakers.

1-0 out of 5 stars In response to ajm1195 review
All in all, this is an okay album, though it could've done without the atrocity that is "Captain Jack."

I was about to blast the view stated above, then I noted the reviewer was only 13. IMO, Joel could have ended his career after this one song and been a success. In many ways, Joel never got any better than the Piano Man disc. Perhaps some day, you'll grow into it. ... Read more

89. The Capitol Albums Vol. 1
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When the Beatles catalog was first issued on CD in the '80s, an attempt was made to standardize the releases (which often varied wildly in content internationally) by using their original British format. But this confounded many Fabs fans in the U.S. who now found CDs with track listings that often differed dramatically from their original American LPs. More maddening, the initial four releases were only available in not-so-glorious mono mixes. This four-CD collection of the band's 1964 American album releases finally addresses those concerns, and then some. Meet the Beatles, The Beatles Second Album, Something New, and Beatles '65 have been digitally prepared from Capitol's vintage album masters and presented in both the original stereo and mono mixes released back in '64. This set gives younger fans a chance to finally hear the band's epochal early music in stereo--and should please an older generation by returning massive hit singles like "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "She Loves You," "She's a Woman," and "I Feel Fine" to their original American album contexts. The booklet contains a wealth of rare photos and concise notes by noted Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

90. The Best of George Harrison
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As the Beatles' perpetual dark horse, Harrison rarely got the chance to write and sing more than one or two songs per album. But once the band split up, the former "quiet one" was quick out of the gate with a series of memorable hit singles that seamlessly merged his budding spirituality and an epic, Phil Spector-inspired pop sensibility. This collection, originally released in 1976, combines seven of Harrison's best-known Beatles numbers, including "Something," "If I Needed Someone," "Here Comes the Sun," and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with a half-dozen early solo hits including "My Sweet Lord," "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)," "You," and "What Is Life." As such, it's a good entry-level Harrison primer. --Scott Schinder ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad compilation but light on solo stuff
With the passing of George Harrison, he's now overdue for an anthology of his best material (along with rarities like Tears of the World and the b sides Deep Blue & Miss O'Dell). Reportedly George was working on both a new album, reissuing his back catalog with bonus tracks and a possible anthology. Let's hope all of these come to pass.

This is a cliff notes version of Harrison's career which short changes the listenered by focusing too much on Harrison's Beatles material. Yes, that material is, for the most part, stunning but most fans already have this stuff (with better sound quality I might add). For me the ideal Harrison compilation would focus both on his solo album tracks, singles and b sides. Here's how it should be reissued:
My Sweet Lord; Beware of Darkness; Here Comes The Sun (with Paul Simon); Something ( from The Concert for Bangela Desh) Bangela Desh;Deep Blue; Miss O'Dell; Give Me Love, Give Me Life (Give Me Peace on Earth); Sue Me, Sue You Blues; Hari's On Tour; You; It Don't Come Easy (Demo recorded for Ringo); Beautiful Girl (Demo); World Of Stone; What Is Life?; Run of the Mill; All Things Must Pass; You And Me Babe (Demo).

And how about retitling it The George Harrison Anthology? If Beatles material must be included it should be rare live tracks.Sadly, George is gone but his spirit will continue on and his music will, hopefully, continue to as well.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good summary of George Harrison's work up to 1976
A good collection of songs from the "Beatle period" and early solo career of George Harrison. While the first side shows some of the peaks of George's achievement with the Beatles, such as "Here Comes The Sun", unquestionably one of the greatest songs ever written by a Beatle; "If I Needed Someone", perhaps George's first real "classic" track; and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", one of the first "panoramic rock" songs; there could have been more imagination in the selection of some songs (such as the rejection of the nice but insubstantial "For You Blue" to include songs like "Old Brown Shoe", George's last B-side for the Beatles and a track which should really be among Beatle classics). The second side only highlights hit singles from George's solo career; a few of the more memorable album tracks would have been welcome, such as "All Things Must Pass", "Living in the Material World", etc. Because this record was released in 1976, it obviously does not have any later releases on it, but some of these can be found on "Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989", where tracks from the following albums can be heard: 33 and 1/3 (1976), the excellent "George Harrison" album of 1979, Somewhere in England ('81), Gone Troppo ('82), and the masterpiece "Cloud Nine" ('88). Both of these albums together would be an excellent summary of George Harrison's career.

4-0 out of 5 stars Time for an update
This is simply a song-for-song re-issue of the 1976 lp. It contains some of his Beatles songs and some of his pre-1976 solo works. He had several hits post-1976, so an update of this or an all new complete greatest hits package is long overdue. That's not to say that this isn't a good cd, it is, but it is woefully incomplete. I'll wait and hope they come out with a truly comprehensive greatest hits collection in the near future (as has been done for John Lennon and Paul McCartney & Wings).

5-0 out of 5 stars beautiful music
i didnt become a beatles fan until i grewup and understood what they were about how they grewup before americas eyes from a boyband to a real rockband with meaningful beautiful songs during a tough time in america when rock n roll was still relatively new being a guitarist george harrison is naturally my fav beatle but he was much more than a guitar player his cheerful beautiful songs like here come the sun and the inspirational my sweet lord are playing almost 30 years after they released and will play another 30 years cause its beautiful happy music this cd is the only 1 i found that seems to have most of his early hits on it it has great sound quality too buy today

4-0 out of 5 stars An Unforgettable Legend !
I never will forget George Harrison stepping off that plane as a young Beatle in 1964.He Is a Legend and was one of my heros.I have owned this (The Best Of George Harrison) CD several years now and the day George passed away;every song on this CD (Plus Many more Of His Songs ) flashed thru my mind.
Known as the quite Beatle;He wrote and sang some top quality songs during his great career and Thirteen of them are on this CD. Songs 1 thru 7 while with The Beatles and Songs 8 thru 13 as a solo artist thru 1976.As a Beatle;The beautiful song "Something" and the song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" are my favorites on this CD while as a solo artist;The songs "What Is Life" and "My Sweet Lord" are my favorites.Two of my alltime favorite songs by George( As a Beatle )are not on here and they are "I Need You" which Is on the ( Help )CD and "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" which is on the ( A Hard Day's Night )CD and THAT Is the reason I only gave this CD 4 stars.

This CD contains only a small portain of the quality music that George has wrote and sang over the years but it is still a decent CD to have.
George has given us so many great memories that we can look back on and He Is a "LEGEND"....Final Note: Georges first solo album( All Things Must Pass )Is GREAT !! ... Read more

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Ever since the demise of New Zealand popsmiths Crowded House back in the late '90s, brothers Neil and Tim Finn have been content to plough their furrow far from pop's bustling farmstead. Everyone Is Here, the pair's second full-lengther, lacks the full production and grand, Beatlesesque melodic ambitions that saw songs like "Weather With You" and "Fall At Your Feet" become transatlantic radio hits--but it replaces such scope with a smudged, intimate acoustic style that suits Neil and Tim's songwriting talents almost as neatly. The album's finest moments are mostly placed towards the top end: "Luckiest Man Alive" is the sort of conscious rock gospel that Stereophonics' Kelly Jones would kill to be able to write, while "Anything Can Happen"--a billowing, U2-style epic of scintillating guitar and cavernous drum-crashes is seemingly placed to prove that not all is trad chez Finn. As an album, it probably won't spawn any MTV-hogging video classics--certainly, that was never the intention--but Finn fans in search of a mellow listen should find Everyone Is Here hits all the right buttons. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Retrospective ...
"Written In Rock: Anthology" is a collection of 42 songs which spand the 30 year career of one of rock music's most underrated (imo) singer/songwriters, Rick Springfield, from his days as a teenybopper rocker as a member of Zoot, through his "glory days" in the 1980's up to his most recent recordings, including "shockdenialangeracceptance" and the forthcoming "The Day After Yesterday".

All of the songs have been newly remastered, which means they sound better than before, and it's such a treat to have this "time capsule" which showcases Rick's talent as a musician and songwriter.

What really makes this 2 CD set worth the price is the liner notes booklet, in which Rick recounts what was going on with him and his life when each song was written. Rick's honesty and sense of humor really comes through in the liner notes, and since this is as close as we'll come to getting to an autobiography from Rick (I hope he'll write one, though, because he's a marvelous storyteller - with or without music), it's fascinating to see how various life experiences shaped his music into the kind of rock music which has managed to stand the test of time and is still edgy and relevant some three decades later.

I'm still amazed by how perceptive Rick is as a songwriter ("Human Touch" immediately comes to mind), and how each song manages to reflect some event which has either happened to the listener or which the listener is going through. This is why Rick's music still has the power to touch the listener and get them thinking about their world ... and if you haven't experienced just how good rock music can be ... GET THIS CD!You won't be sorry.:-)

5-0 out of 5 stars We all need the Rick Touch!
I have a lot of Rick CDs.Everything (except maybe the Zoot) contained in this anthology, I already own, most of it multiple times.However, I without hesitation bought during a presale and I don't regret it for a moment.It is so interesting to listen to the progression and changes in Rick's music in the manner that these CDs offer.

A "purer", more music sound at first, then into the synthesizer era of the 80s, the introspection of the 90s, and on into the just plain ROCK of today.Now don't get me wrong; Rick has always rocked, but of course the music changes with the times.What never changes though is Rick's ability to make a guitar sing and to craft lyrics that are timeless, clever, and intriguing.

Every time I listen, I hear something new, I appreciate something more.Just today I was listening to "April 24, 1981/My Father's Chair", and I choked up like I never have before, since we are approaching the 3rd anniversary of my grandmother's death....and Rick's words hit me in a tender spot.I could feel his pain as he sang, and I understand it now like I did not before.Truly, no other songwriter/performer has the ability to get to my heart the way that Rick does.

The liner notes alone make this worth purchasing.Rick talks about each song and what was happening in his life at that time, and his thoughts and feelings add so much to the songs I already know and love.I'm not giving anything away here; you have to check it out for yourself.I promise you will not be disappointed :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
Short and sweet, Rick is one of the quintessential power pop songwriters of our time. Too often Rick's extensive body of work and dedication to his craft are overshadowed by his 80's superstardom, yet anyone who takes the time to dig into his vast catalogue will find more gems than in a jewelry store.

We must also note that Rick's live show easily surpasses the energy level, interaction and power of just about any act out there on the road today. With the glut of lip-synchers and other fodder glogging tour circuits these days, the 20-something's should look to Rick for inspiration as performers with his caliber of stage presence and talent are quite rare!

4-0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars...More Than Just Another Pretty Face
With the success of his 1972 hit "Speak to the Sky," Capitol Records tried to market Rick Springfield as the next Donny Osmond. As a result, it would be nine years before his breakout hit--the million-selling chart topper "Jessie's Girl"--made him one of the most popular artists of the Eighties.

During that decade, Springfield would land sixteen songs in the Top 40, including hits like "I've Done Everything for You," "Don't Talk to Strangers," Affair of the Heart" and "Love Somebody."And he wrote nearly all of his own material.[The only hit he didn't write himself was the Sammy Hagar-penned "I've Done Everything for You."]

While nearly all of his hits were recorded for RCA, this anthology also includes his Capitol hit "Speak to the Sky," as well as material from his Columbia and Chelsea albums. There's even a cover of the Beatles "Eleanor Rigby" from 1970 by his first band Zoot. Zoot also recorded "Speak to the Sky," which went to No. 1 in his native Australia, but he rerecorded the song for release in America. [The only missing hit is the 1985 novelty hit "Bruce" (recorded in 1978), where Springfieldexpresses his concerns about being mistaken for Bruce Springsteen.]

While forty-two tracks may seem excessive, it's necessary to adequately cover the career of an artist whose recording career spans over three decades.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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94. Best: 1991-2004
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Multiplatinum selling, Grammy winning, critically acclaimed Seal unveils his first greatest hits collection with Seal Best 1991-2004. But there's even more-along with the single-CD edition, with original album versions of 12 of his hits and best-loved tracks plus a cover song newly recorded by Seal ("Walk on By"), a double-CD package adds a disc of newly recorded acoustic versions of nine of those cuts (and four others). For fans of the pop, dance, urban and adult contemporary, Seal Best 1991-2004 is the quintessential Seal experience. ... Read more

95. Blondie - Greatest Hits
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Digitally Remastered Collection of Blondie Hits that Accompanies the Band on their Winter 2002 Tour. This Disc Updates the Collection and Adds their Comeback #1 in the UK "Maria" to Make this the Most Up-to-date Blondie Set Ever Released. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Crystal clear hit sounds
This is the best Blondie hits compilation by far and the sound is crystal clear; the hits are not arranged chronologically however, which makes it impossible to chart the development of the band. But that doesn't matter - this collection demonstrates the band's versatility - compare their early punk-pop Rip Her To Shreds or X Offender with the hypnotic synthpop-disco of Heart Of Glass or Atomic! My favorites include the wistful I'm Always Touched and the bilingual Denis (a classic slice of sixties pop), as well as Tide Is High with its percolating reggae rhythm, plus Sunday Girl (more lovely 60's pop). In my opinion, their best albums are Parallel Lines and Plastic Letters, and these are well represented with 6 of these gorgeous 19 tracks. I wouldn't call this a "Best Of" since there are some album tracks that I like more than some of these hit songs. These include Fan Mail and Bermuda Triangle Blues from Plastic Letters and Fade Away And Radiate from Parallel Lines. But this was never intended to be anything else but a greatest hits collection and serves it purpose very well. It just goes to show that classy pop music is timeless, and Blondie always had that special something, whatever the style they chose to do it in.

5-0 out of 5 stars For Blondie's Hits, This is the Place to Go
Over the past twenty years, there have been at least a couple dozen collections of Blondie's hits put on the market. However, only two of those compilations have given an effective overview of the group's career- THE BEST OF BLONDIE from 1981 and PLATINUM COLLECTION from 1994. But fortunately, this GREATEST HITS edition can also stand alongside those two retrospectives, rather than be buried among the other budget collections that have probably picked up plenty of dust over the years.

To put it bluntly, the title says it all- GREATEST HITS collects nineteen of the biggest hits Blondie has scored from 1976 to 1999. Besides including their biggest hits on both sides of the Atlantic- "Heart of Glass"; "Call Me"; "The Tide Is High"; "Rapture"- this collection also includes lesser-known US hits ("Dreaming," "One Way or Another," "Atomic"); songs that only became hits in the UK ("Sunday Girl," "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear," "Maria") and standout album tracks ("X Offender," "Rip Her to Shreds", "In the Flesh"). So basically, every essential hit and album track that Blondie scored during their career is here (with the exception of the UK hit "War Child," which is barely a loss at all). Hardcore fans will likely have a personal favorite or two missing, but GREATEST HITS pretty much tells everything a casual fan needs to know about one of the greatest new wave bands.

If there is any complaint about this collection, it's that upon listening, it may seem that more than one group is being represented, for GREATEST HITS does not sum up all of Blondie's styles into one effective mix. That may actually be nitpicking, but casual fans should still consider purchasing THE BEST OF BLONDIE instead, for not only does it focus on the very best of Blondie (and for the record, everything from BEST OF BLONDIE is on GREATEST HITS), but its nonchronological sequencing actually works so that it showcases only one group- a group that was seemingly consistent. But if you want to get virtually every essential Blondie hit and album track on one collection, then you should purchase GREATEST HITS.

5-0 out of 5 stars BLONDIE IS BLONDIE
It's undeniable that Blondie has to be one of the best band out there(diggin' many musical styles and territories a fine example to groups like NO DOUBT), her last single GOOD BOYS represents the band at their best if you haven't heard it. So without a question this new compilation includes all their charted hits and some exclusive favorites, it would be out of place to describe each song because the titles of the songs speak for themselves, HEART OF GLASS, ATOMIC, CALL ME, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER all classic songs of the late 70's early 80's, this is one of the best compilations of Blondie around today, + include here is their hit MARIA, not available in another GH delightful Blondie will always be Blondie...a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Price of Admission
"Dreaming" is one of the best pop songs ever written and makes this CD worth purchasing. The rest is great, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars A TRUE GEM!!!
There is no doubt about it, Blondie is the band that has redefined music in a whole other way! They have gone from pop to rock, from disco to jazz, from rap to punk, and they have even done country! Every song on this compilation deserves to be here!

Dreaming- A mix of pop and Debbie Harry's voice can really make some sweet music!

Call Me- One of my favorites!!! Also the theme from American Gigolo. (which happened to be a great movie)

One Way Or Another- Truly a great ROCK N' ROLL SONG!

Heart Of Glass- A true gem!!! One of Debbie's finest songs.

The Tide Is High- A happy summertime beach song! FUN!!!

X Offender- Classic as always!!!

Hanging On The Telephone- A great punk-rock tune!

Rip Her To Shreds- Reminds me of some of the girls at my school.

Rapture- I think Debbie can rap!!!

Atomic- You can really dance to this one!!! Or at least I think so!!!

Picture This- A nice sweet song thats likeable.

In The Flesh- Sounds like something out of the 50s. But its a great song!!!

Denis- Gotta Love Denis!

(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear- Not my favorite, but I like it.

Union City Blue- A great vocal performance!!!

The Hardest Part- Loved It!!! She Can Sing!!!

Island Of Lost Souls- Catchy tune!

Sunday Girl- Love the French!

Maria- Another true pop gem!!!

Blondie is a band! (A great one I might add) And I am so glad they made such enjoyable music! Thanks!!! Peace Out!!!

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96. Madman Across the Water
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Named for a cut that originally appeared on his Tumbleweed Connection album, Madman Across the Water yielded some of Elton John's earliest AOR staples. "Tiny Dancer," like the previous "Your Song," was introduced and carried by John's masterful piano composition. The song's sense of longing also employed the falsetto chorus that would become as much of a trademark as his costumes."Levon," another entry into the John/Taupin "ballad of" category, is one of their finest pieces. The orchestration gives the song not only its sense of foreboding, but also its release of tension as the song ends. "Rotten Peaches" became a favorite, as did "Holiday Inn." There's also a different interpretation of the title track than appeared on Tumbleweed Connection. --Steve Gdula ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
There was a time when I wouldn't quite give this LP a superior rating because I've always felt that Side One of the original album configuration (the first four songs) were twice as good as Side Two. The other five songs have grown on me, however, and the entire album is indeed excellent.

"Tiny Dancer" and "Levon" have suffered a bit from being overplayed on radio, but they're two of his finest, most meaningful songs. But "Razor Face" is equally memorable, and the haunting title track is Elton John's very best song in my opinion. Truly outstanding lyrics about an asylum inmate are matched by brilliantly arranged strings and compelling lead guitar--I never get tired of hearing this song.

The remaining tracks have grown on me over the years and are all very good. "Indian Sunset" is a bit preachy but gets your attention, and "Holiday Inn" and "Rotten Peaches" both show off the fine, acoustic side of Elton and Bernie's work which was so prevalent on the albums from this period. It sounds great after being remastered, and the price is unbeatable. The only complaint is that there were no bonus tracks after the rerelease, which is the case with most of the "classic years" CD's. There are no complaints with the songs at all. Strongly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure ballads
In my opinion, Elton John peaked right here. Nothing would ever top this album in terms of musical genius, lyrical genius (thanks to Bernie) and excellent production. The front half of this album is absolutely amazing. Within the first five songs are four of my favorite Elton songs: "Tiny Dancer" "Levon" "Madman Across the Water" and my all-time personal favorite "Indian Sunset."

While other Elton John albums have had bonus tracks added when remastered, I'm eternally grateful of Rocket Records for leaving this album as it was originally released. "Goodbye" [albeit sappy] is the perfect way to end this album. Excellent music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Early EJ is Wonderful!
EJ got a lot of people to notice after this one. This album was produced before he got really big..before Yellow Brick Road, but it shows the raw talent that the man had to be one of the world's best ever pop stars!

Title track, "Levon" and "Razor Face" are the best songs on the CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars A John/Taupin Staple
This recording is one of the must have John/Taupin collaborations! There really isn't a bad track. The musicianship and orchestrations are outstanding, and Elton's voice is strong and works well on the material, which is also some of Taupin's best!

5-0 out of 5 stars this album sowed the seed of popmusic in me
When I was 13 years-old,I saved my pocket-money to buy something new,maybe I wanted to make sure of that I finished my childhood.then I went to a record shop,chose this casually,
only for reason why the jacket of bluejean was cool for me at that time.but the choice was one of the best that I have made. the player`s needle putted on the vinyldisc and played the introduction of piano,only a few sound of piano washed my childish taste in music off. that pure sound showed me the way to quality music. 30 years passed, my disc was lost but the sound is alive in my mind and I still adore it. ... Read more

97. Origin of Symmetry (Enhanced)
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5-0 out of 5 stars 5 star reviews lame? Have you even HEARD this album???
Since I'm a huge Radiohead fan I decided to check out Muse's debut album Showbiz, back in '99, since the critics were calling them: another Radiohead clone. Indeed, at first, Showbiz reminded me of Radiohead's 2nd album The Bends, and Muse quickly became another favorite of mine.

Later it started to bother me to call Muse 'another Radiohead clone'. Their sound was so different, yet so very good too. I didn't hesitate when their second album was released. Origin Of Symmetry sounds absolutely nothing like Radiohead, but don't worry. This is a fantastic album... A masterpiece, one might say.
If you love the singles Plug In Baby, New Born and Bliss... look no further... Origin Of Symmetry is jammed with eight other small miracles. It's a rock album, yet so melodic and atmospheric. My favorite tracks include Citizen Erased, Feeling Good and Megalomania. Don't hesitate buying this album. It won't disappoint anyone... that's impossible. If you don't like this, there must be something wrong with you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quite fantastic indeed
As I am writing this I have this wicked CD on repeat on my stereo and each time I hear it I become a little more acquainted with parts I never recognised. A little more complex and in depth then their debut, Origin of Symmetry is a sophomore effort which defies the much anticipated second-album convention of bathos which has plagued many a less worthy act. The sometimes demonic, sometimes seductive bass-lines, the complex layered guitar and synth and most importantly the soaring operatic vocals of Matt Bellamy make this a must-have for the discerning progressive rock fan.

This is very probably what radiohead might sound like if they had taken the guitar rock path and started listening to a smidgeon of tool or angst-ridden punk rock. Experimental, progressive and almost always brilliant, Muse excel. The second single, New Born, makes a rip roaring opener which contains one of the most charged guitar riffs ever penned once the band has dispensed with the pleasantries of the piano driven intro. The second song - and obvious third single - Bliss shows a lovely blend of guitar and synth effects to show off a side of muse which didn't emerge fully on the debut but was always hinted at. The song rocks. Full stop. Hyper Music says all that needs to be said in its appellation, and is just a little funky - which is weird given the angry/morose lyrics, but still very cool.

If you're reading this you have no doubt heard plug in baby, and as a guitarist I tell you that's what it makes me want to do everytime. Just plug in and rock out, the riff is incendiary and the bass line just awesome. Unfortunately, the rest of the album doesn't quite meet the high expectations Muse generate in the first five tracks. Don't get me wrong, there is some great stuff in there...but experimentation and complexities seem to run away from the normally blistering three-piece. However, the second half is what makes this an album and guarantees you won't be bored by it. Don't be surprised if you end up drawing your favourite track from amongst these after spending a little more time getting acquatined with it.

It is great, and if I hadn't been so quick to review it a little more time would probably have earned it five stars. ...the fact that someone is still rocking out, trashing instruments and making something new of a tired medium is all that's left. Grab it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, but not the best...
I started listening to Muse about 8 months ago when my friend sent me the single "Time is Running Out." I absolutely loved it, and soon picked up this album.
I will tell you that I think "Absolution" as a whole is a much better work, and one of my favorite albums ever. This album doesn't quite live up, but it still is spectacular.

The work is best viewed as a whole in my opinion, kind of like a symphony where each track is its own movement. While it does have a few spots where its a bit disjointed each track is great.
From the quiet beginning in New Born to the grandiose finish, this piece moves from lyrical masterpiece to masterpiece. One of their great aspects is that the songs go from style to style not stopping and never letting down for a minute.
New Born takes you on a ride that never stops, from soft and lyrical to harder sections. Plug In Baby is probably the one unforgettable single. Feeling Good takes an 8 beat blues and makes it spectacular. While I think each song is excellent, my own complaint is that the album as a whole tends to be incredibly forgettable. That to me is a downside, and while I love listening to the album, each time I come back its only vaguely familiar.

Nonetheless this is a great work, and I highly recommend it, but I'd suggest getting "Absolution" which is in my opinion their best album to date by far.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I've heard in awhile.
The last person to rate this album does not know what he is talking about. If you like radiohead you'll love this album. Muse does not try to copy off of radiohead like some people think. Rather they have a unique sound that is reminiscent of radiohead because of the singers voice. Just picture radiohead with an upbeat sound and catchier riffs. The song new born is amazing, and just the tip of the iceberg of how good this album is. Definately buy this cd, you can listen through the whole thing and not be one bit disapointed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not original
Hmmmmmmm....sounds awfully familiar. Sounds like Radiohead. If you own a Radiohead CD don't buy this album. Your not hearing this from some pretensious wannabe musician that claims they have a seasoned ear for this kind of stuff because they play the piano, your hearing this from someone who has an unbiased ear and is calling a spade a spade. Muse might be a great band, but this album carries a sound that has already been played. ... Read more

98. Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
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5-0 out of 5 stars Soulful Songs And Stories Cooked Up On Essential Hits Set
This 30-song, one disc collection is Sam Cooke's most lovingly presented and essential single disc released to date. It builds on his 2LP "Man and His Music," itself a revelation when released in the mid-1980s. This set tops it due to remastered sound (this CD has a layer playable in Sony's SACD format), and R&B scholar/author Peter Guralnick's detailed liner notes. Guralnick, author of several books on Southern rock and soul, examines the roots of all 30 songs, performers backing and dueting with Cooke, his inspirations for writing and singing them.

This is important because Sam Cooke's songwriting and storytelling skills are as much his legacy as his Gospel music beginnings, his mysterious, untimely 1964 murder, and his influence on Steve Perry (whose "Lovin' Touchin', Squeezin" was a Cooke tribute of sorts), Rod Stewart (who claimed he listened only to Cooke records for two whole years as a teen), Terrence Trent D'Arby and a generation's rock and R&B singers.

Cooke's chart hits are here, except for the relatively minor "Soothe Me" and "Frankie & Johnny." You get his gentle, intricate vocal trills on his first singles for the Keen in the 1950s (1957's #1 "You Send Me," "Wonderful World," "Cupid"). You get his rethinks of country, blues, even pop standards ("Tennessee Waltz" becomes a gospel rave up; "Little Red Rooster" a slow churn blues with a teenage Billy Preston's extra cheesy organ, "Summertime" a vocal showcase with offbeat rhythm and guitar). Finally, you get Cooke's rollicking humor and detailed lyrics on his dance hits ("Shake," the dancers' garb and moves in "Twistin' the Night Away," the hip DJ requests in "Havin' A Party.")

Guralnick refers often to Cooke's phrasing, which found soul and poetry approximating daily speech. On his greatest artistic achievement, 1964's finale "A Change is Gonna Come," Cooke tops even himself. He takes Bob Dylan's lyrical challenge in "Blowin' In The Wind" (which Cooke admired for being written and performed as pop by whites) and, through hopeful words sung as near-weeping laments, he approximates the timbre and granduer of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech given less than a year before.

"Portrait" set is bookended with Cooke leading Gospel's legendary Soul Stirrers for two songs. They not only define soul's gospel roots but showed Cooke sang a great Bible story as easily as from a cha-cha crowded dance floor, highway prison road gang, or lonely room. For more, reach for his dark, mellow "Night Beat" or the "Man Who Invented Soul" multi-disc. Ultimately, "Portrait" underrates itself; it's more like a small, soulful slice-of=life gallery from one of music's seminal artists.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Magic from the best voice ever but read before buying
What can I say about one of the most inspiring/soothing singers of all time? Sam Cooke possessed the sweetest voice in soul, and his elegant vocal style inspired almost every singer worth his nickle. He was also a terrific songwriter, and the string of hits created prior to his death in 1964 was unrivaled.

I can hear this CD non-stop for days, weeks,.... It should be mandatory for all singers to listen to this release as it showcases a singer whose delivery was so elegant and did not have to go through vocal gymnastics to bring it home. It did not matter whether he was singing traditional pop, soul, gospel, or (you name it), as it all came back to Sam's voice and elegant delivery.

This collection has all the songs, including the indispensible "A Change Is Gonna Come". Sam's version continues to be THE definitive version and any collection that overlooks it should be banned. As you can imagine I give this my highest recommendation. Also worth noting this release has been remastered to blow away all previous efforts and unlike the previous single CD greatest hits collection, this one has an informative insert that tells us a little bit about the history of the songs.

NOTE: This state-of-the-art digital audio release titled is a magical 31-track greatest hits release that has been replaced the already amazing "The Man And His Music," a 28 greatest hits collection released in the 1980s. There is one downside to the CD as it is a hybrid with SACD capability, so that it will play in regular CD players and those with the SADC technology. The only problem lies in that, like other hybrid SACDs you cannot make a personal copy or grab any of the songs to put in a personal mix. For me that is a huge downside as I make lots of mixes to reflect different moods and favorite all time songs; notwithstanding if you just plan on listening to it and don't mind that you won't be able to pick and choose songs to make a mix, there is no better choice than this release.

During 2003 and now I've found myself listening to the new releases by Al Green and Ron Isley as well as this release, and I am reminded that new artists have it really hard as Sam and others raised the bar so high and so early that it makes it virtually impossible for anyone to make better sounding music. There are some out there who show much promise and I am always trying to support them, but Sam is Sam and God bless him.

5-0 out of 5 stars OUTTA SIGHT!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Cooke collection so far
The treatment of the music of the definitive soul singer, Sam Cooke, during the CD-era, at least so far, has fallen far short of his contributions. Complicating the situation is the split ownership of his catalog. The now out-of-print "Man And His Music" was a decent compilation of Cooke's charted hits but was deservedly criticized for some poor mastering and resultant less-than-optimal sound quality. RCA/BMG released a much better sounding "best-of" a few years ago but by then the later Cooke tracks controlled by ABKCO were not made available for that piece, leaving it as a frustratingly unfinished career retrospective. This collection is from ABKCO and therefore contains those later recordings but fortunately and ironically, contains the earlier stuff, being licensed from RCA. With all this ownership infighting overcome, we finally get a truly high-quality, well-executed overview of the music of Sam Cooke. From a sampling of his seminal early sides with the Soul Stirrers up through his pop and smooth soul golden age on the charts in the mid 60's, this piece represents a "must-have" for any serious or casual CD collection. The generous 30 tracks in the best sound yet with many in stereo, the exceptions being tracks 1-3,5-7,9,10,15,30, is accompanied by an informative liner notes booklet with info on each of the included tracks. As a collector, due to their inane refusal to license anything they control to other willing CD producers, this reviewer bristles whenever seeing the ABKCO name, but credit must be given where credit is due. And here, Cooke's material gets the treatment it deserves. An absolute must.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Single-Disc Portrait of Soul Music
James Brown may be the Godfather of Soul, but Sam Cooke created the genre--and no one has done it better since. His first charting single, "You Send Me," sold two million copies and was a No. 1 pop hit for three weeks in 1957. Cooke would go on to place 29 singles in the Top 40 (including three after his untimely death in 1964), and 22 of them are included on this collection.

For fans who have been lamenting the deletion of the 1986 collection THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC, this new anthology is welcome news indeed. Not only does PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND duplicate all but five of that earlier collection's tracks (including the poignant "A Change Is Gonna Come"), the disc is playable as a regular CD and as a Super Audio Compact Disc. [I don't have an SACD player, but the sound quality on my regualr CD player is nothing short of stunning!]

Fans who were hoping for a generous sampling of Cooke's work with the Soul Stirrers will be disappointed. [And the title which includes the dates 1951-1964 would certainly lead you to expect as much.] However, the only Soul Stirrer's track is the gorgeous "Jesus Gave Me Water," recorded during his first sessions with the group just two months after joining in 1951. {Every other track was recorded between 1956-1964.]

Another plus to this new collection is the informative 32-page booklet. Author Peter Guralnick (who is working on a biography of Cooke) includes an essay and insightful track-by-track commentary on each song. Recording session information is included for every track including dates, producer, and musicians used.

The album closes with an uncredited 32-second interview. The interviewer asks Cooke to hum eight bars to show the listeners what soul sounds like. After he's done, the interviewer states,
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99. Jesus Christ Superstar (Original London Concept Recording)
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It may not have been the first rock opera (the Who's Tommy was released in 1969), but Jesus Christ Superstar was a legendary album long before it hit the stage, thanks to Tim Rice's compelling book and lyrics combined with Andrew Lloyd Webber's irresistible music. Telling the story of the last days of Christ from the point of view of Judas (Murray Head), the still-unmatched original cast also stars Deep Purple's Ian Gillan as Jesus and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, the role she made into a career (with a cameo on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack). Decades later, such songs as "Superstar," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Heaven on Their Minds," and "Everything's Alright" still retain their extraordinary power. --David Horiuchi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best version of Superstar
The original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar is by far the best version of this outstanding masterpiece. As a huge fan of JCS, I can say this with sure.

By far the best Jesus is Ian Gillan, of Deep Purple. His voice is rich and powerful, and this production shows him at his best; he sings much better than in Purple. He is outstanding at Simon Zealotes, The Temple, The Last Supper. But his superb performance of Gethsemane is enough to put him in the lead of all Jeasuses. It is the best version of this song, by a long, long shot. This is probably not only the finest Gillan performance, but one of the best vocal performances of modern music. It is sad that he rejected to participate at the film production.

While Gillan is, with no doubt, in the lead of all Jeasuses, the competition of the best Judas is very "tough". The best three roles of Judas are played by Murray Head (in this version), Carl Anderson (in the moovie version) and ... Zvezdomir Keremidchiev "Zvezdi" (in the recent Bulgarian cast). Probably the readers will be sceptical to see the name of unknown (outside Bulgaria) artist, Zvezdi. I was sceptical to his performance, too, but he did one of the best roles of Judas ever!!! Back to Head, he sings amazingly, especially in Heaven on their minds and Judas' death. However, Carl Anderson is better at Damned for all time, and he makes outstanding Heaven on their minds, too. So I think that Murray Head and Carl Anderson are equally great.

Other highlight is Yvonne Elliman, who is the best Marry Magdalene, with no doubt.

This masterpiece is great not only from listening point of view, but it also has deep lyrics by Tim Rice, which suggest a new interpratation of the character of Judas that impressed my a lot.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this recording as the very best rendition of JCS.

5-0 out of 5 stars One thing I'll say for it, JCS is cool!
When I mention Jesus Christ Superstar to people who have never listened to it, they tend to have the impression that it is something for religious types, or have visions (thanks to the movie version) of hippies singing and dancing. This is unfortunate, since JCS is a remarkable work. One can argue that this rock opera is not really rock, nor is it really an opera but more of an oratorio. And it is true that late 60's trappings do somewhat date the album, but it does so in an endearing rather than kitschy way.

For years, the original recording and motion picture soundtrack were the only mainstream versions available. Since the 20th anniversary of JCS, a number of new versions have come out, but the original concept album is still the best for a number of reasons.

The vocals are outstanding. Ian Gillan is very good in the title role. His smooth voice projects a calm yet determined personality. There are times, however, that he lacks the emotionalism required, such as his less-than-inspired version of Gethsemane (Ted Neely's movie version is far better in this respect). Murray Head's Judas is wonderful as the antagonist. His rough voice is a counter to Gillan's Jesus, and Head manages to present his character as someone whose rational justification just barely masks a turbulent and troubled personality.

Excellent supporting characters fortify the lead roles. Victor Brox's rich baritone resonates with power in the role of the Machiavellian Caiaphas. Brian Keith, as Annas, compliments Brox, without turning his voice into a forced falsetto, as it often seems to be done these days. The remaining characters, including future disco diva Yvonne Elliman's Mary Magdalene, and Barry Dennen's brooding Pilate, do well to flesh out the story.

The other strong point is the wonderful music. The emphasis is on electric guitar, drums, and keyboard, which firmly ties this version of JCS to the rock genre. Subsequent versions of JCS, particularly the soundtrack, approach the music from an orchestral standpoint, with lots of strings, brass, and woodwinds. This tends to alter JCS from a rock opera (emphasis on rock) to a stage/movie soundtrack. As such, the original version remains quick and sharp rather than being ponderous and heavy.

Finally, the sound quality of the original album is crisp, and it is a joy to pickup the musical and vocal nuances in the recording. I have the original Brown Album, so the remastered version could only be better. If you listen carefully, you can also hear an occasional cough by a castmember.

JCS has become a beloved staple of the stage, and rightfully so. But it is the original concept album that is the definitive version of this great work.

5-0 out of 5 stars A simply stunning performance!
I watched the movie before, but this is my first recording of JCSS. I must say that I love it even more so than the movie! This is a stunning rock opera that chronicles the last week (or few days... I'm not sure) of Jesus Christs' life. You see the story through the eyes of Judas (Murray Head), the tortured friend of Jesus who can't seem to understand why Jesus does things the way he does. Won't people start talking if he hangs around the dirty whore Mary Magdalene (Yvonne Elliman)? Judas just can't understand Jesus, and he feels that maybe Jesus is not the man he thought he might be. Why is Jesus saying things like he is the Son of God? If he doesn't watch out, trouble will come! I think that Murray Head is a marvelous Judas because he puts so much emotion in the part, and you actually wish you could hug and comfort Judas when he realizes that he has caused the death of Jesus and can't turn things around. He realizes that it was his fate to be the man to turn Jesus over and is tortured with guilt and confusion. "Superstar" sounds fun and is excellent, but it actually examines the deep question of why it was Judas that had his name bloodied and dragged through the mud of history. Ian Gillan plays Jesus, and I prefer him over the man in the movie because Gillan has more compassion in his voice, and it's not as shrill as some actors make it. "Gethsemane" will bring you to tears because it is so beautifully done! Yvonne Elliman has one of the most beautiful rock voices out there and is perfect for the part of Mary. "I don't know how to love him" is perfectly done! Barry Dennen is also the perfect Pilot. You can hear his frustration when he sings, and he is a wonderful voice actor. Mike D'Abo is a much better Herod than the one in the movie. I highly recommend this recording because of how beautiful it is. Get this album!

5-0 out of 5 stars Make a Joyful Noise Before the Lord
My daughter asked me for a CD of "Jesus Christ Superstar" for her birthday. I explained to her that there is one version that is in a class by itself; the original London Cast version. The elements of the orchestration as well as the quality of the singing add up to an unforgettable performance. The orchestra moves the musical story along with elements of feeling that really adds to the emotion of the "rock opera" and does so with the fullness that a mere stage orchestra cannot match. I have seen the Broadway version twice and I can sing its' praises. However, that was a visual experience and the recording is different. This is the best in the audial experience. The problem with most popular music is that we always seem to focus on a song as being best presented in the way we first heard it. I hope I'm not caught up in that trap with promoting this version. I really feel that there is a special quality to this version.

I guess, for those unfamiliar with the subject matter, a few words about the content would be in order. "Jesus Christ Superstar" is a sort of elongated passion play put to music with new "interpretations" on the original story. A modernized version, if you will,done poetically, thoughtfully and with often challenging results. In that sense, there was a degree of controversy when it came out. However, the "noteriety" was nothing compared to other works such as the play "The Deputy". What the authors seem to be trying to say is that the message of Jesus Christ was so important to the world. Therefore, why did He appear in such a backward place at such an obscure, otherwise-forgotten place in history. "Israel...had no mass communication" was one of the many puzzlements the authers bring out. Most characters go through at least some degree of revision although some of it was intentially done for comic relief. This is NOT "The Passion of Christ" nor is it necessarily an attempt at theological revisionism. Some people will recoil at perceived "heresy" but I suspect most mainstream Christians will find it enjoyable and complementary to their own faith.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, but not the greatest.
I'm a devoted fan of Jesus Christ Superstar. I think Webber reached here the maximum level of composition and freshness. Great riffs, drumming and arrangements. But this version of the Mythical Show is not the best. I'm also a fan of Deep Purple, but i don't agree with other reviewers. The deep, broken voice of Ted Nelly brings the power and rage of a man that is about to die and doesn't want to. Carl Anderson is the most brilliant Judas i've ever seen and heard. The duel between Judas an Christ after the supper looses most of its drama and anger in this recording, while in the movie is simply the best piece of all the soundtrack, helped by these two tremendous voices of Nelly an Anderson. I think there's a TIE between the movie and the concept album. Music, for example, is more ellaborated(don't know how to say exactly what i want in english)in the studio album than in the movie. But i Think the movie cast is better than the studio album ... Read more

100. So Called Chaos
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It's been a long time in coming, but with So Called Chaos Alanis Morisette has finally produced a worthy follow up to her globe-conquering debut. Calmer and more focused, the songs exude a new, mature woman, firmly in control of her life. "I'm not threatened by every pair of legs you watch go by," she sings with Zen-like serenity on "I Doth Protest Too Much" (as if she'd have said that on Jagged Little Pill). Time mellows--leave the angst to Avril Lavigne.

Overexposure once made her fantastic voice grate, but now it's like welcoming back an old friend--that distinctive little warble, that softness…it's her most valuable asset and the simple, clean production wisely allows it to breathe freely. Most of the songs follow a slow, quiet verse/loud sucker chorus pattern and there's nothing on here that rivals anything from her debut, but everybody (including herself) has accepted that now. The absence of a world-class co-songwriter plays a part, but it's a refreshing change to see no external involvement. Accept Morisette for what she is--a female singer/songwriter with an exceptional, original voice and you won't be disappointed. --Ben Johncock ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Evolution Continues...
"So-Called Chaos," the latest release from singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, is arguably her most superb album to date.

A top-notch disc that is sure to please diehard fans and casual listeners, it is overstuffed with killer choruses and great lyrics. A fast-moving collection that goes just north of 40 minutes, it glides by in what feels like seconds.

Many consider Morissette to be at the end of her rope, with little left to write about now that she is in love with Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, while others still dismiss her as "angry," maintaining that she needs to calm down. Both groups should listen to the set's lead single, "Everything," an infectious track where Morissette articulates the eureka moment of realizing her "every part" has been accepted with open arms by the love of her life. Still, it's the least catchy song on the album. The video for the single is one of the many bonus features of the disc.

Morissette has not completely finished complaining, however, and on "Eight Easy Steps" this is more than apparent: She literally tears herself to shreds, owning up to a multitude of personal flaws. The rip-roaring track will most likely be the second single, while the glorious "Out Is Through" will be released in Europe.

Meanwhile, in the lovable, sitar-tinged "Knees of My Bees," she likens Reynolds to "a vision who lives by the signals of stomach and intuition" as his guide, "with tendencies for conversations that raise bars" who "comes to nooks and crannies as balm for all scars." In a nutshell, she is as happy as a clam with her new guy.

The disc's second half contains the two most career-defining songs she has ever written. "Not All Me," with its soaring chorus and profound beauty, is so moving it is unimaginable such raw power could be contained on a thin compact disc:

"I am the perfect target screen for your blindly fueled rage/I bear the brunt of your long buried pain/I don't mind helping you out but I want you to remember my name/It's not all me/It's not all my fault/I may remind you/But I won't take it all on/I'll only take some of it."

"This Grudge" follows, which finds Morissette finally letting go of the issue that has inspired past hits such as "You Oughta Know" and "Hands Clean." As eye opening as it is personal, one must give her credit for opening up to her listeners:

"Here I sit, much determined ever ill-equipped to draw this curtain/How this has entertained, validated and has served me greatly ever the victim/But who's done whining now?/Who's ready to put down?/This load I've carried longer than I had cared to remember/I want to be big and let go of this grudge that's grown old."

Morissette has reached new heights with "So-Called Chaos," a testament to her unceasing talent and creativity. It's the perfect album to put on full blast while driving with the windows down.

5-0 out of 5 stars very good!!
I love this album!!! Here's how I rate the songs: 1.8 easy steps 5/5 her second single....very good!! 2.Out is through 6/5 the best track on the album!! love it! 3.Excuses 4/5 not my favorite,usually I skip it. 4.Doth I protest too much 4.5/5 one of Alanis's best singles! 5.Knees of my bees 5/5 nothing to say but great. 6.So called chaos 5/5 another song thats wonderful,should be a single! 7.Not all me ?/5 didnt really listen to it. 8.this grudge ?/5 (look at track 7) 9.Spinless ?/5 nothing to say. 10.Everything 5/5 her first single,wonderful!!!!!! Overall,the best album in my collection!!! GO GET IT!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars ...
Jagged Little Pill was great, but since then Alanis has just churned out three albums with nothing new to offer, little inspiration, and lyrics that aren't particularly poetic or interesting and overwhelm her music with their sheer bulk. This album is one of those three.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Under Rug Swept, not as good as Pill or Junkie..
"You Oughta Know" was the song that introduced us to Alanis. She had four more hits from her debut (and best) album Jagged Little Pill (in order)- "Hand In My Pocket", "You Learn", "Ironic", and "Head Over Feet".

3 years later was the release of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, which wasn't as good as Pill but it still rocked, spawning the hits "Thank U", "Unsent", and "So Pure".

2 years ago, Alanis released Under Rug Swept, which in my opinion was her worst album. It had the singles "Hands Clean" and "Precious Illusions".

"Everything" was the first single from So-Called Chaos and it was definitely a terrible choice-- it's the worst song on the album. The best move possibly for the first single would have been "Knees Of My Bees"-- it's so catchy that everyone would love it.

So-Called Chaos opens with "Eight Easy Steps", her next US single. Eight Easy Steps is a catchy, fast-paced rocker that's produced by a sitar. It's a highlight, but definitely not a favorite.

In Europe, Alanis released "Out Is Through" as her second single, and it has a really bad video. It's just some blonde girl trying to get to an Alanis concert. If you're a fan, it's worth seeing. It's at and you need RealPlayer to view it. Out Is Through is a catchy pop track that was probably made for radio. It's a very simple song, yet catchy.

The third track is "Excuses" which is my second favorite from this album. I have a feeling this will be the third single, if there is one, and I have an even better name-- Precious Illusions Part II. The lyrics and the sound are very similar to Precious Illusions, and by coincidence, both are my second favorite from the album (PI follows Narcissus). However, this is a better track than Precious Illusions. This is a nice track with great lyrics (Why no one will help me, I'm too dumb, I'm too smart).

My personal favorite on the album is the next track, called "Doth I Protest Too Much". One of the reasons it's so great is because the song proves the lyrics wrong. The song is pure jealousy and the lyrics deny it. I'm humming the chorus right now (I'm not jealous, I don't get moved by much, I'm not enraged, not insecure as such, not going insane, rational stays in touch, and Doth I Protest Too Much?).

The fifth track, Knees Of My Bees, is my third favorite. Like I said before, it would have been the best choice for the first single. It's such a fun track-- the lyrics are great and the song is so catchy.

Track #6 is the title track which is perhaps the heaviest track on the album. The verses pick up very slowly and just at the end of the slow verse, the monster kicks into chorus (I wanna be naked, running through the streets, I wanna invite this so-called chaos that you think I dare not be). It is an excellent track.

The album slows down a bit with "Not All Me", a dark track. I don't have very much to say about it, just give it a spin. "This Grudge" recalls all of Alanis' angry moments (You Oughta Know, Right Through You, Front Row, Baba, Are You Still Mad, Sympathetic Character, Narcissus).

"Spineless" reminds me of 21 Things I Want In A Lover, but it's not as good. Spineless has an odd way of describing love, which begins with Alanis talking and only a guitar behind her. It's a good track, not the best, but good.

Like I said before, the final track, Everything, is the worst on the album. It's the only track I can say I can't love. Not that it's bad, it's just boring.

Overall, this is better than Under Rug Swept, but not as good as Pill or Junkie. You should buy it, it's better than mostly everything around right now. You might be surprised.

5-0 out of 5 stars Different then "Pill", but just as good.....
To me, some people just will never be satisfied - if Alanis was still writing songs about being jilted, everyone would talk about how she should start getting over it already, since that was almost a decade ago.

To me, Alanis' music has grown so much since Jagged Little Pill. I liked SFIJ, enjoyed URS, and simply LOVE So Called Chaos. It has received the most play time by me since Jagged Little Pill, and I just do not get tired of it.

Just because Alanis' attitude and outlook on life has changed, it doesn't mean her music is worse - it's just different. It's a growth she has gone through as an artist.

And I just don't get why anyone would say that they have heard these songs before..... The only similarity I see in "Eight Easy Steps" as compared to "21 Things" is that they both have numbers in the title. The songs are completely different, as is the entire album.

Alanis still remains one of the few artists out there that writes and sings songs with some meaning to them, and doesn't try to appeal to the mainstream just for the sake of what the mainstream wants artists to do. She still beats to her own drummer, and that's why I already can't wait for the next one. ... Read more

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