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121. Fever
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Fever was released on a wave of publicity as the lead single, "Can't Get You out of My Head," battled on the U.K. charts with the debut effort of Spice diva Victoria Beckham--and it won spectacularly. Kylie Minogue's sound has progressed again since the disco-inspired Light Years, plundering the retro style of post-disco electro from the late 1970s and showing what might have happened if Kraftwerk had produced Donna Summer or Chic. Unlike most pop albums, or indeed pop artists, Fever is geared toward high-energy dance rather than pedestrian "I love lovin' you" ballads. Aside from the aforementioned hit single, another standout is "Give It to Me," a great piece of dance pop that has everything from Britney-style wailings to Basement Jaxx funk wrapped up with a catchy and typically suggestive chorus. The closest Minogue gets to a gentler moment is at the very end with "Burning Up," a breezy guitar progression with a laid-back melody, but it doesn't last long as the need to start dancing again takes hold and Fever breaks into some electro funk, finishing on a definite high. --David Trueman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A FABULOUS Electro-Pop Album from a Pop Goddess
Kylie has been tearing up the charts all around the globe for 14 years, has 34 top ten hits in the UK, peformed at the closing ceremony at the last Winter Olypmics, and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide (without the help of the US, mind you). She's finally getting her due here in the States... and THANK GOD! The production on this album is pristine with songs ranging from old-style disco to retro-80's super-pop to cutting edge dance tunes akin to Daft Punk and Basement Jaxx. Her voice, a fine-tuned instrument in and of itself, wraps itself around each melody with velvety precision. The number one world-wide smash, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" is a prime example of what this album holds in store for its listeners. Other stand out tracks are the naughty disco-tastic "In Your Eyes", the Ibiza flavored summer tune "Love at First Sight", and the ultra-cool "Fever" and "Give it to Me" which pay some serious homage to the music of the where-are-they-now girls of the 80's (i.e. a certain plucky Laker Girl named Paula). With such a stagnant pop-scene and a less than happy past year, this album is truly the thing to spice things up a bit. Let's hope we can give Kylie reason to stick around in the States for a while...I'm sure she'll make it worth our while.

4-0 out of 5 stars can't get this CD out of my boombox
Well, Kylie hits us again with "FEVER" the new CD. If you hurry up and order it, you can get 2 bonus tracks "Boy" and "Butterfly".

1. More more more- Not so good. I like the beat and the intro.
2. Love at first sight- THE BEST SONG IN THE CD!! I love this song its funky, hip hop, and up2date!
3. Can't get you outta my head- Getting old now, but still a good dance tune.
4. Fever- My favorite track on the album besides Love Affair
5. Give it to me- A good song but a little short.
6. Fragile- Great lyrics I've got2 say! A nice ballad to cool of the album.
7. Come into my world- A good song with a funky beat,
8. In your eyes- The lyrics are odd in a way but a nice tune!!
9. Dancefloor- I like the lyrics and the beat, so i guess its a good track then!
10. Love affair- Good lyrics. A good 3rd single.
11. Your love- I don't listen to this song that much but its alright.
12. Burning up- A GREAT SONG!!!... The begining you might change it but keep listening!! It gets better. The beat keeps up in the end and its a rockin song man!!
13. Boy- The best of the 2 bonus tracks
14. Butterfly- Its alright i guess.

Well, You need to catch Kylie's Fever because it is one of the best CD's of the year to me!

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3-0 out of 5 stars Minogue is a no-no
I bought this Kylie Minogue CD because I kinda liked her American breakout "I Can't"" and expected a disco/pop album like that of her big single, but didn't really enjoy the record on a whole. No great vocal talent except that of a karaoke queen in my opinion! Britney Spears at least has a distinctive sound. I like her new hit "Slow" from her latest release, but Minogue isn't that great. She's yet another in the industry's actress-to-singer formula, like Jennifer Lopez and Hilary Duff.

5-0 out of 5 stars When it catches
She had me at la, la, la, la...This is a great dance CD. Pop at its best. Her American competitors can't hold a candle to most of her songs on this CD. If you have any rhythm whatsoever, you'll appriciate this CD. Also, check out Body Language.

Standout songs: Love at first sight, can't get you out of my head, come into my world, in your eyes, burning up

4-0 out of 5 stars good cd
This cd is a preety good dance disc. It hits all the things that make a good dance cd, but thats as far as it goes. If your looking for something that has a bit more, then you might want to look elsewhere, but if you want a good dance disc look no further. ... Read more


122. Beatles for Sale
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Banged out in a hurry for the 1964 Christmas market, Beatles for Sale sometimes sounds it, loaded with ill-conceived covers and some of John Lennon's most self-loathing lyrics. On the other hand, the people doing the banging-out were the Beatles, whose instincts for what worked musically were so strong that they could basically do no wrong--any record that has "Baby's in Black," "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" and the delectable "Eight Days a Week" on it is only "minor" in the most relative sense. And, though their voices had been frazzled a bit by constant touring, they revved them up for some joyous shouting, and indulged their fondness for American country in subtle, playful ways. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Holds up very well!
This album has always, through the years, taken it's share of knocks from critics and fans alike. To the ears of this old Beatlemaniac, though, Beatles For Sale holds up very well.The group was clearly up against it: they had recorded, in 1964, some great singles ("I Feel Fine"/"She's A Woman" "Can't Buy Me Love") and an absolute gem of a soundtrack LP (all original compositions including some wonderful songs like "Things We Said Today" "Anytime At All" and "I'll Be Back" that didn't even appear in the film!) Already, by the autumn of 1964: dozens of terrific songs recorded and released, constant international touring, an acclaimed film completed, but STILL...the record company demanded a new LP for the Christmas market! So the challenge was laid down. I don't think the Fabs backed away one inch. Yes, they filled the gaps with some rock and roll chestnuts from their Reeperbahn days ("Mr.Moonlight" and "Kansas City".) But surrounding the tiny chinks, John and Paul heaped on another five or six songs every bit as good as the gems from A Hard Day's Night including "Eight Days A Week" "No Reply" "What You're Doing" "Every Little Thing" and "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party." First class writing and recording, absolutely. Please put this achievement in context. At the end of the most exhausting and demanding year in their history, the Beatles didn't resort to scraping the bottom of an old barrel. They marched into Abbey Road Studios and hand-crafted a pretty solid little treasure chest!

3-0 out of 5 stars Rather Lukewarm Album
This Beatles album is definitiely not one of their best. In fact, it's kind of a dip from their previous LP "A Hard Day's Night." Like people have said here, this was dashed out because of demand for a new album. It starts off with "No Reply," Dylan-ish "I'm A Loser," and "Baby's In Black." None of them are really bad, just sound too much alike. Then there's Lennon's horrible remake of "Rock And Roll Music." "I'll Follow The Sun" is the first we hear of McCartney so far. Short, but sweet. Then John goes ballistic on "Mr. Moonlight." Side 1 is closed with the "Kansas City" medley, which is somewhat out of place. Side 2 kicks off with the most pop-like song here "Eight Days A Week" and a fine remake of "Words Of Love." "Every Little Thing" sounds more like a closer, and "Spoil The Party" is some more Lennon self-pity. "Honey Don't" is a country clunker done by Ringo. While it's an improvement over "Matchbox," it's still useless. Paul's powerful "What You're Doing" should trade places with "Every Little Thing." Then we end with the yawner "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby," handled poorly by Harrison. This was a rather muddled period for the Beatles. Both this and "Help!" are disjointed, and had a bit of acoustic songs. It would get better with "Rubber Soul."

5-0 out of 5 stars Very under-appreciated album of maturity
By the time that the Beatles recorded "Beatles For Sale", they were fed up. They had been constantly touring and they had just starred a feature film, and yet they were still under the demands of the record company for a new single every three months and a new album every six months. They could cope with this pressure for their previous two albums, but everyone has a breaking point, and so it's no surprise that it came right after the exhaustive "A Hard Day's Night", which they had filled with fourteen new originals as well as having made a movie. Having to follow that up would make any group, even the Beatles, falter slightly.

Critics and audiences alike have already noted the downsides to this pressure. Instead of giving us fourteen new originals like they did on "A Hard Day's Night", they "fill out" the album with covers of their favorite 50s artists. With the exception of particularly energetic performances of "Kansas City" and "Rock and Roll Music", these covers are stale and uninspired. They stick with the arrangement of the original recordings. (Indeed, their cover of "Words of Love" sounds so remarkably like Buddy Holly's original that some casual listeners may confuse the two!). It also must be noted that "Mr. Moonlight" is one of the Beatles most disliked tracks. So, it's no wonder that "Beatles For Sale" is one of their most disliked LP's.

Now, having said all that, this album is extraordinarily under-rated and under-appreciated. The pressure and stress had its benefits, too. John Lennon (and Paul, to be fair, but especially John) had been studying the weary songwriting of Bob Dylan and his strong use of lyrical value. The stress and pressure John was under gave him a perfect excuse to exercise his knowledge of this kind of songwriting. The result: fantastic songs. "No Reply", "I'm A Loser", "Baby's In Black", "Every Little Thing", "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party", and "What You're Doing" are all great songs. True, they are all dark, somber, and sad, but they represent a quantum leap in the songwriting of the Beatles. Musically, they were getting more adventurous with arrangements and were using more interesting chords ("No Relply" utilizes an Fmaj7 and a G6 [often mistaken for a G7] to great effect). Lyrically, their lyrics were more deep and introspective. They (again, mostly John) were no longer singing about the joys of love - they were now singing about its pains (they had done this before, but not so often, and not with such fitting musical accompaniment).

All in all, "Beatles For Sale" is still a five-star album despite its shortcomings. It features great songs and it represents a new level of maturity from the Beatles. Although it doesn't reach my "Platinum Series" status, "Beatles For Sale" is still one of my favorites.

(On a side note - sorry for the long review, but I had a lot to say!)
~John Ballantyne

5-0 out of 5 stars Some Losers
They were on top of the world, but Beatlemania was taking its toll, as you can see on the cover, detect in the slightly cynical title, and hear in the songs...but you probably know that already. What's most amazing about this album is not the Beatles' decline (producer George Martin felt it was weak, as did some of the group) but their growth. This is a growing-up album if there every was one, and it's the closest the Beatles ever came to a breakup album too (well, maybe Abbey Road for obvious reasons). After the uncertain, depressed Lennon triumvirate of No Reply, I'm a Loser, and Baby's in Black (all great songs) the bouncy pep of Rock and Roll Music sounds less like the covers on their other LPs and more like nostalgia. And indeed, the overall mood here is bittersweet, a mixture of weariness, uncertainty, nostalgia, and romance, not the gleeful love or even the idealized angst of past Beatles songs, but a deeply romanticized, and also painful, yearning. Yesterday appeared on their next release, but it wouldn't have been so out of place here (though this time it's John not Paul who expresses loss). But when they're happy, they're happy, and Eight Days a Week is as joyful as any early Beatles song, but more sophisticated and stylized (dig the fade-in). And I'll Follow the Sun is the perfect song about yearning and dreaming, no less because it was written by a teenage Paul before he became famous; it may be the best song on the album. Beatles for Sale is melancholy but not bleak, musically sophisticated, with lots and lots of underrated songs. Listening to Mr. Moonlight again, I was surprised at the soul John pours into his singing; the song might be dismissed as filler, but there's something there. And the final trio of songs (before the closer, a Perkins cover) expresses more self-doubt and ambivalence, Every Little Thing tender its its recognition of love's delicacy, I Don't Want to Spoil the Party an revelation of painful insecurity, while What You're Doing is suspicious and doubtful. The moptops get serious? You decide; pick up this album right away.
5/6

5-0 out of 5 stars The early Beatles album mostly for the Lennon fan.
While there are quite a few songs sung mostly by Paul, I happen to think the best songs on here are sung by John Lennon.I think Hard Days Night was mostly for the Paul fan but on this early Beatles album Lennon really shines as a vocalist.I think No Reply is a great opening number and Im A Loser is great because its sort of a song about low self esteem which is a cool thing to sing about cause its good to get those dark feelings off your chest.Babys In Black is another really good one and Johns voice is really cool on Rock N Roll Music as well as Mr Moonlight.Words Of Love is a great Buddy Holly cover and I Dont Want To Spoil the party is one of my favorites. I must admit that 2 of the best songs are sung by Paul (Kansas City and Eight Days A Week) but John has always been the coolest Beatle and this is one of the best ones to get if youre a fan of John Lennon.Best early Beatles album ever. ... Read more


123. Super Session
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4-0 out of 5 stars jammin'
My brother brought home a vinyl copy of 1968's 'Super Session' sometime around 1969, and the presence of one performer caught my eye. I was already overindulging myself on the debut Crosby, Stills and Nash album, and had taken special notice of Stephen Stills contributions, especially his exquisite guitar work. After the first play through, I never heard the first 5 tracks of 'Super Session' again... I played side two over and over until the needle had worn clean through side one! Well, I'm kidding of course, but the point is that this 15 year-old was much too young for the cutting edge blues-rock being composed and performed by Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield on side one, but primed and ready for the country and psychedelic rock being offered up by Stills and Kooper on side two.

Hearing this album (remastered) for the first time in about thirty years was a real treat. I still prefer side two, but did a jaw drop over Bloomfield's stunning blues guitar solo's on the first five tracks, and on two of the bonus tracks ('Blues For Nothing' and 'Fat Grey Cloud', the latter recorded live at the Fillmore West). On the downside, Bloomfield was so strung out on heroin that Kooper couldn't keep him around for more than one night of recording. On the upside, certainly no artist can sing or play the blues better than someone living the blues, and this recording proves the blues was Bloomfield's lot in life. Heroin claimed him for good in 1981.

With only half an album in tow, Kooper turned to Stills, orphaned from the recently disbanded Buffalo Springfield, to complete this most unusual endeavor. Stylistically Stills and Bloomfield have radically different approaches. On the opening cut of side two, Stills layers a country-fied guitar over Bob Dylans 'It Takes a Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry', and follows this with his trademark wah-pedal guitar on an 11-minute version of Donovan Lietch's 'Season of the Witch'. My favorite song on the album follows with Stills and Kooper producing a psychedelic cover of 'You Don't Love Me'. Oddly, though Kooper is the only artist featured on all the cuts, the work is clearly owned primarily by Bloomfield, and secondarily by Stills. Kooper's most notable contributions are songwriting (one solo, and three with Bloomfield), and all the vocals (5 cuts). But the vocals are incidental, to say the least.

There are several odd selections on 'Super Session'. The third cut, 'Man's Temptation' is a soul number penned by Curtis Mayfield. It's a pleasant listen, though quite sexist by our standards today, and out of place among the heavy blues orientation of the other Bloomfield cuts. Track four, 'His Holy Modal Majesty' is a dreadful cut, with Kooper playing an electric piano called an ondioline, which comes across as electric bagpipes, and it's every bit as bad as that sounds. At 9 minutes in length, it is a clear waste of vinyl. The other odd number is the lush 'Harvey's Tune', penned by Harvey Brooks who played bass on the 'Super Session' sessions. Brooks and Barry Goldberg, who plays electric piano on the first two tracks, had been bandmates of Bloomfield's in the band Electric Flag, which also featured drummer Buddy Miles. The tune again sounds out of place, and Still's guitar is nowhere to be found.

The bonus tracks are valuable on this disc, to hear more of Bloomfield's playing, and to hear both Stills and Bloomfield's guitar work without the distraction of the brassy overdubs. These artists have abundant skills that deserve to be displayed, not dressed up, or God forbid, hidden. In the liner notes Kooper talks about his perception that the 'naked' tracks were "dynamically impaired", hence the original decision to 'enhance' them. Despite his perception, this seems to me to be a clear case of less being more.

So while you may be hitting the 'skip' button once or twice while taking in this CD, there is a great deal of unique and wonderful late-1960's music to be had on this, the first and perhaps greatest 'jam session'.

2-0 out of 5 stars What is so Super?
The answer is Mike Bloomfield of course(star #1). He does lay down some of the finest blues guitar I've ever heard anyone play--black or white on this (Albert's Shuffele 5 stars). Also, if you are a bassist--you have to check out Harvey Brook's playing on this--unreal, creative stuff(Star #2). So yeh, he and Bloomfield are the musical Ubermench here...but the contributions of Kooper and Stills are just pathetic...suffer through an anemic Season of the Witch and you'll know what I mean..the only interesting thing on this cut is the bass. Kooper is no singer..nore is he that outstanding as a keyboard player. The extra cuts scans horns don't add anythig other than to point out how bad they are without them. This was hardly a Super Session..really..Bloomfield by this time was a sick, strung-out heroin addict..and left Kooper in a learch after recording 5 cuts allbeit 2 career toppers. So Kooper flounders around and comes up with Stills to record a few forgetable tracks and wella the fabled SS album. There isn't a track where the three of them are jamming together. Anyway...if you really dig Bloomfield it's worth it to get Albert's Shuffel..but the rest is dated drivle.

5-0 out of 5 stars 4 IN A HALF STARS!
This is great stuff man. i'm really into blues-rock stuff like BLUES IMAGE, or ALLMAN BROS. BAND. This is great blues. good guitar. good organ. good vibe. rock. mike bloomfield plays a great guitar, and stephen stills fills in great on guitar and vocals. al kooper is classic. fantastic! rock it, in the pocket buddy!

3-0 out of 5 stars super!? yes but...
i agree with boogaloo jeffs review,especially the last line... GET "my labors" {nick gravenites/mike bloomfield} this album no doubt highlights mr. bloomfields guitar work better than any other....hands down. there are a few lame studio tracks by nick alone but the other half of the record is some of the best 60s white boy blues ever recorded... along with fleetwood mac, that you will ever hear! just do it, buy it!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Session
If you like the real Blues rhythm, if you like hearing great musicians playing it, and if you love music, then there is no doubt! This is the album you have to own!
Al KOOPER, Stephen STILLS and Michael BLOOMFILED made an outstandin' job in just two days of recordings. They used every great element there is in Blues music, which can be found in BB King's music and in other blues legends.
This is a five star album, five-star music, five-star producing, five-star work and five-star musicians. ... Read more


124. Heart Break
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5-0 out of 5 stars New Edition Hits the Jackpot.
You'd think the departure of New Edition's most successful member would hurt their future, but that's not the case here. Since Bobby Brown ditched the group for a solo career, the brothas from Roxbury roped in Johnny Gill, hooked up with Jam and Lewis, and the result is "Heart Break." If this ain't an r&b classic, I don't know what is. After the cutsey fare of "Cool it Now" and "Count Me Out," New Edition grows up in a big way and releases a stellar album of smooth, but not slick, soul. "If it Isn't Love" is simply a perfect song: polished production from Jam & Lewis, on-point singing from Ralph Tresvant, and cliche-free lyrics. "Boys to Men" is a convincing declaration of maturity featuring Johnny Gill's butter-smooth voice, while the uptempo jams "Where it All Started" (a nice look back at the old days) and "Crucial" still hold up well. From start to finish, "Heart Break" is a triumph and raises the bar of modern r&b. In my school of music, it merits an A.

5-0 out of 5 stars N.E. at their best
Being that I am a die-hard new edition fan, 5 stars simply isn't enough for one of the best r&b albums of all time. It was even more influential because of the timing. New jack swing was still at its infancy and it's safe to say, heart break, along with don't be cruel and guy, established new jack swing as the dominant genre of urban music in 1988. Returning to the album, Jam & Lewis (the production team), and new edition were in prime form, as heard by Ralph, Ricky, and newcomer Johnny. They start off by telling you "that's the way they're livin" after a lively introduction. Continuing at the concert, they make you reminisce with them as they tell you "where it all started from".

Moving away from the concert, their first single, "if it isn't love", had success written all over it. Having a memorable chorus and groundbreaking production, all in compilation with Ralph's silky smooth voice, "if it isnt love" nearly topped the r&b charts at #2 and did pretty well on the pop chart too, #7. After an entertaining skit, things get right down funky on "N.E. heart break". All five members get in on the act, making for a funky dance rhythm, and in the process, peaking at #13 on the r&b chart. "Crucial" continues in the dance arena, but it's more light-hearted. Neverthless, still an enjoyable listen, peaking at #4 on the r&b chart. After another entertaining skit, "you're not my kind of girl" was a viable follow-up to crucial. With its memorable chorus and pleasant dance rhythm, it peaked at #3 on the r&b chart. "Superlady" rounds out the dance/new jack flava of the album.

"Can you stand the rain" introduces the balladry side of heart break. From the outstanding production to the memorable chorus to Johnny's buttery-smooth vocals complimented with Ralph's silky-smooth delivery, "can you stand the rain" was destined to top the charts, and it did for r&b. "Competition", my 3rd favorite track, is new edition at their best. Ricky, Ralph, and Ron complicate each other very nicely and the production is first-rate as well. The only thing missing was a memorable chorus. Nevertheless though, it's still one of the many standout tracks. After they let us know they're comin home, the most memorable tracks on the album follow. "I'm comin home" has a nice mid-tempo groove, which is just right for Ralph's quiet yet forceful delivery. along with his bridge and memorable chorus, it's hard not to snuggle up with your hubby. Rounding out the album is the unforgettable assurance of "boys to men". Johnny's smooth vocals complimented by Ralph's silky bridge, once again, is pure smooth soul at its best. They let us know even if they are maturing, they still can harmonize and croon with the best of them.

All in all, heart break is the best album that new edition has ever recorded. Their is not one filler track, or any distinct contrast of good songs and bad. Every song leads into the next, no matter which style is being used. That says a lot, especially with a majority of r&b albums of that day being uneven. For all of these qualities, this album will go down as one of the most important albums in new jack swing and is first-rate across all other urban genres (adult comtemporary, urban contemporary, classic soul). In other words, it is recommended for the casual r&b fan and essential for the casual new jack fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest R&B albums ever made!
I just got through listening to this album for the 800th time (LOL) This is definitely one of the best albums ever made. My favorite tracks are: Where It All Started; If It Isn't Love; N.E. Hearbreak; You're Not My Kind of Girl; Can You Stand The Rain (One of the best slow jams ever made!) & Boys To Men (Johnny killed this one!)My ONLY complaint about this album is that the version NE Heartbreak that was featured in the video is waaaaay better than the album version. Mike's rap was classic! (I said yo baby/how the hell is ya livin'/cut that zero & roll with Michael Bivins) I'm having a hard time finding the remix but it's doesn't take away from this being the greatest group of all time. NE Forever!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Comeback
This was N.E.'s first album after losing Bobby and adding Johnny. Being a N.E. fan since Candy Girl, I was hesitant at first, but this turned out to be one of my favorite N.E. albums. This album is more grown up than their previous recordings. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes good R&B that is timeless

5-0 out of 5 stars This is what real music is
The amazement of this group for the period of time was great. After Bobby Brown left things were left in disarray but obviouly with replacement member Johnny Gill, New Edition reach a new level. They had since grown up from songs of their younger years(Cool IT Now, Candy Girl,Mr. Telephone Man,) they matured it grown men which is stated on "Boys to Men". They give love to fans by showing how they're "Thats the way we're Livin"."Can you Stand the Rain captures the heart with Johnyy Gill,Tresvant and Bell getting down to business, the mixture of voices by that trio has only been surpassed by a selected few. "Superlady","Im Comin Home" show how much they have really grown. Finally they show that they see others trying to be like them, and tell us "Where it all Started from". ... Read more


125. Jonathan Livingston Seagull: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5-0 out of 5 stars This music.. is almost magical.
I remember when I first heard this album. I was using the computer, and my dad said "This album is very beautiful, I think you'll like it." And boy did I!!
I was 12 at that time. I'm 16 now and I'm still in love with that music. It is, as one of the songs says, timeless. In the moment I heard it, I knew what the album was about - the sea... I knew this before even reading the book.
You see, I've always been a big fan of the sea and the seagulls. For me, they represent total freedom, total perfection. And this music encases the spirit of a seagull in a perfect way.
If you like the sea, the seagulls, Neil Diamond's music or that wonderful, marvelous book, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, this CD is a must for you.
Buy it. I assure you you'll fell in love with it as fast as I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Majestic - Pure - Divine
Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the sound of creation--the earth and the sea. And "Be" is a song about the creation of man and time. It is a masterpiece crafted by God through Neil Diamond as his conduit.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is about freedom; about an outcaste bird's soul searching journey and triumphant return to his flock with renewed personality, spiritual perception, wisdom and leadership qualities. It is a metaphor that can serve as a reference (and soundtrack) to our every day life's experiences.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull's music transcends style and category--it is music made for all seasons--undoubtedly timeless--truly captivating. It is immaculate. It is majestic--a true masterpiece. It is spiritually enriching--it is Divine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Attention Animal Lovers:
If you've ever spent time looking into the eyes of an animal & wondered what hopes & dreams occupied its mind, this recording will help you understand!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars TRANSCENDENT!
JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL, a terrific uplifting book about finding the best in others and in ourselves, was a movie that required a very special soundtrack. It got exactly what it needed from Neil Diamond. Though released years ago this album is still as vibrant and soaring and transcendent as it ever was. Wonderful vocal renditions by Neil Diamond such as BE, LONELY LOOKING SKY, DEAR FATHER and SKYBIRD are simply marvelous and add to these the wonderful orchestral tracks of the same titles and you have a soundtrack that will have you coming back again and again.

THE HORSEMAN

5-0 out of 5 stars jonathan livingstone seagull
1000 for the musics of "jonathan livingstone seagull".
I did have the lp, but today I don't have more. I have now a cd/dvd player for "region 4", and I am interested to buy the cd of musics and dvd of movie.

How can I buy cd and dvd ?

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126. At the Close of a Century
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At the Close of a Century may seem a rather portentous title for a box set, even one showcasing the work of such a formidable writer-performer as Stevie Wonder. Consider, though, that these discs appear a few months before Wonder's 50th birthday and that he's already spent 36 years making records; he has more right than most to get a little highfalutin when invoking temporal milestones. Despite various retrospectives over the years, Close is the first to cover the arc of Wonder's entire career. By the end of the first disc we've heard his early Motown hits and watched him develop into the masterful artist who'd go on to stack up landmark album after landmark album in the '70s. (Aretha Franklin's Wonder-penned hit "Until You Come Back to Me" is here in a rare version by the composer.) The string of LPs from Talking Book (1972) to Hotter Than July (1980) provides gem after gem on the two middle CDs--with all of 1973's Innervisions save one cut represented--while post-"Master Blaster" winners such as "That Girl" and "Overjoyed" are the meat of the final disc. Add a smart booklet of essays, photos, and a discography, and this handsome package starts to look like a sharp addition to the collections of even hard-core Stevie buffs. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Boxed Sets EVER!
Too often, record labels spend an inordinate amount of time planning how a boxed set LOOKS, but not what makes it up. Witness the many sets loaded with lame-o live cuts of songs you love, rare B-sides few people outside hardcore fans remember or demos made when the artist was still in diapers. In the case of Stevie Wonder, there had never been a single or double disc CD set that accurately covered the breadth of the man's career. And make no mistake, Wonder was that rarest of performers: his appeal crossing generational lines (from the sixties to the nineties), musical lines (name me one seventies rock fan who doesn't rock out to "Superstition") and commercial/experimental lines (his seventies albums employed synthesizers in innovative ways). His songs retain their magic, charm, boldness and genuine soul easily, effortlessly and with true-born genius. Likewise, Motown's usual short-changings (inferior sound remastering, single vs. album cuts, short-shrift booklets) are set aside here to paint a vivid portrait of a seminal modern music figure. Taken in this context, it's easy (and logical) to list Wonder alongside the 20th century's finest singer-songwriters: Bob Dylan, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Lennon-McCartney, Noel Coward. From the Little Stevie Wonder years ("Fingertips") to the seminal pre-rap seventies funk-rock workouts ("Living For The City") to his unquestionable skills as a balladeer ("I Just Called To Say I Love You"), this 4-disc collection is, simply put, one of the best boxed sets ever produced. Absolutely essential!

4-0 out of 5 stars FRONT LINE pushed to the back of the line once again...
At first glance I was impressed with the wide spectrum of songs included. Maybe Stevie deserves more that just a quartet of discs. (As an example, upon opening up his vast back-log of unreleased material in boxed set form, Springsteen ended up rush-releasing his "TRACKS" album, to collect ommitted trax).

None the less, as I read the reviews from AMAZON customers I could not help but note the number of gross ommisions. Granted, you can't please everyone, but over the course of 4 discs, you'd think you could hit the mark on every major cut.

My Personal Plee was for the extended 12" mix of FRONTLINE that I own in album form, but I would have settled for a single version. With its riveting groove and strong lyrical message, you would have thot its unclusion a no-brainer.

It is a bit unfair to dock the 312 minute marathon a star for one left out song but as I add up the number of complaints, I think there are some missing moments here (DON'T DRIVE DRUNK, ALFIE, and so on).

Maybe a live, rarities and B-sides disc is in the works, but the great, great early to mid-sixties Moptown cuts are so, so wonderful, it's a shame Little Stevie does not think as much about his past (he had Motown pull the 3-LP LOOKING BACK anthology from disctribution).

I wish those would come back once more...

5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERful
This is truly the best Box set and retrospective I have ever bought. This is well worth the money. I love how it starts from his early work and ends at his most recent work. I love every CD. Motown did a fabulous job in collecting Stevie's work and giving it to his fans. I am elated when I put all the disk in my player and listen for hours. I love the booklet, that is included. It is wonderful when you learn more about an artist and this gives you exactly that.
Thank you Motown for such awesome work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Closest Thing To A True Retrospective!
There are other "Greatest Hit" collections for Stevie Wonder but this one is probably the best one! It has nearly everything from the beginning of his career up until the mid-90's! True, it'll miss a song or two but overall, you can't complain! Get it! Worth the money!

5-0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY WODER-FULL
The ultimate collection of Stevie Wonder's work. Every song brings back memories and stays strong for today's market. If you have to own one of Stevie Wonder's CDs, this is the one to get. ... Read more


127. Faith
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"Well I guess it would be nice, if I could touch your body...." Given George Michael's restroom hi-jinks in early 1998, those words from "Faith" sound pretty funny, but they sounded fresh and exciting blasting out of car radios all over America in 1987. Michael's stunning solo debut (after four years in the lightweight British duo Wham!) sold seven million copies and yielded six Top 10 hits. Some of those were among the decade's best pop, including the hiccuping title track, the heartfelt ballad "Father Figure" and the wicked R&B groove of "I Want Your Sex." Unlike so much 1980s treacle, this disc hold ups surprisingly well--even if Michael hasn't always done so himself. --Michael Ruby ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Faith (1987)
Back then, I never really paid any attention to George Michael's music. It wasn't because I didn't like him or because he was gay. I had nothing against him and I still don't. When you're young, you don't tend to pay attention to a certain amount of music. Well, at the beginning of the summer, I heard One More Try and from then on, I became an instant fan of his. In fact, he has become a favorite of mine, right next to Madonna. This guy's got a voice of gold. You can't tell me that George doesn't have a great voice. He's got an amazing voice. This is an incredible debut album. He was a smash when he was with WHAM! With this album, he wanted to prove that he could do better as a solo act. And he proved himself right. He released six singles from this album. All six singles shot straight to #1.

FAITH
The first single from the album. It went to become a #1 hit for him. Although, it isn't one of my favorites, it's still an upbeat song. And yes, you gotta have faith. You gotta have faith, faith, faith.

FATHER FIGURE
The second single from the album. It was a another #1 hit. Great song. His vocals run real smooth on this one.

I WANT YOUR SEX (Parts 1 & 2)
Part 1 was the third single from the album. Some say that part 1 was a #2 hit, but apparently, those dead @$$'s are wrong. It was a #1 hit. Just so you know, this is not all one song. Part 1 ends at 4 minutes and 36 seconds. After that, part 2 starts. Part 2 ends at 9 minutes and 17 seconds. Both parts are awesome.

ONE MORE TRY
The fourth single from the album. Yet again, he scored himself another #1 hit. This is the one that turned me into a huge fan. I really get that feeling from it because it is a ballad that was composed correctly.

HARD DAY
I'm not sure if this was a single. It appears on his greatest hits, but I'm still not sure. But, anyhow, it's a great song.

HAND TO MOUTH
Great. Smooth.

LOOK AT YOUR HANDS
Very Funky.

MONKEY
The fifth single from the album. Another #1 hit. It's not one of my favorites.

KISSING A FOOL
Thie sixth and final single from the album. The last #1 hit from the album. This is one of my favorites and it's also my mother's favorite. This may be a jazz song, but it's too irresistible. The sound is very smooth. He sings it with passion and emotion. I own a little karaokee machine. Every chance I get, I always do this one. I sing pretty well, too.

HARD DAY (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX)
Just as good as the original album version.

A LAST REQUEST (I WANT YOUR SEX pt. 3)
A great way to end the whole I-WANT-YOUR-SEX era. Very romantic for the ladies, if ya know what I mean.

If you buy this album, I can guarantee you that you'll be buying it again after you wear your first copy out. I definitely wore out the first copy I owned. Buy it and prepared to be amazed and impressed. Remember, you gotta have faith. Yes, you gotta have faith, faith, faith.

4-0 out of 5 stars Songs of Faith and Inspiration,supposedly
George Michael solo debut album spawned six Top 10 hits. I WANT YOUR SEX(part 1) became a hit prior to the album's release and was heard in the movie BEVERLY HILLS COP 2. The title track has religious inspiration,that featuring a cathedral organ heard in the introduction. The album garnered quite a few Grammys,I must admit,one of them being album of the year in 1988. I think the others are best male vocalist and song of the year(don't know which one that is). George Michael had a hit album in 1984-85 with Wham!'s MAKE IT BIG which sold six or seven million copies like FAITH. The cassette and CD formats feature I WANT YOUR SEX PART 3 and HARD DAY(Shep Pettibone Remix).

4-0 out of 5 stars George Michael's "Thriller".
If I remember correctly, I believe this was the best selling album of 1987. Why, well six of these were big hits, and one quite controversial at the time. This album also is fairly diverse, having upbeat dance tracks, and smooth ballads as well, and all very good. The songs "Faith", "I Want Your Sex", and "Monkey" all got your feet moving, while others like "One More Try" and "Father Figure" were slow and sexy. "George Michael" has had good albums since this one, but there's no doubt this is possibly his best, and is one of the 80's best too.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Classic!!!
This CD is a classic that endures all the fickleness of time. George Michael has mastered an imaginative mix of upbeat and cool tunes with beautiful musical arrangements.

"Faith" is a great upbeat jingle that never fails to get you moving. "Father Figure" is as close to perfect as an artist can get. "I Want Your Sex" is a fun club beat. "One More Try" a slow sad song with great music behind it. "Hard Day" my personal favorite track on the CD because of the heavy bass. "Hand To Mouth" is jazzy and easy to listen to, nice drum influences. "Look At Your Hands" this one could have been left off. "Monkey" another dance mix. "Kissing A Fool" so here is where the 40's jazz begins. You will be able to listen to this CD over and over again and across many years. Have faith!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Solo debut
I've never been into pop music and all that stuff, so I never cared about George Michael in his Wham days. But as a solo artist I have to give him credit, he's escaped all that pop stuff & tried to be a more mature artist. This 1987 album 'Faith' was a nice first try at being a solo artist. George abandons pop and tries be more funky. The stripped down acoustic title track is still hitting all these years later, and cuts like 'I Want Your Sex' and 'Father Figure' are also cool. The second half of the album is okay, a bit hit & miss but overall this is a nice effort and has aged nicely considering it came out in the 80s and the kind of tacky production technique they employed back then (check the uneccesary remix track for some awful sounding 80s mess). His best albums are still his two follow ups, 1990s 'Listen Without Prejudice' and 1996s 'Older'. ... Read more


128. The Prayer Cycle
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It is with primitive urgency and lustrous clarity rising like flickering embers from a fire that Jonathan Elias's ambitious Prayer Cycle is given voice. Woven together like knotty wool, silk, and fine strands of silvery water, the disparate yet complementary voices of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Alanis Morissette, Yungchen Lhamo, Ofra Haza, the American Boychoir, Salif Keita, and others intertwine in multiple languages with the superb English Chamber Orchestra and Chorus. Prayers of supplication, gratitude, and longing build in layers, one on top of and 'twixt and 'tween the other, as movements titled "Mercy," "Grace," "Innocence," "Compassion," and the like. Remarkably, Elias's Prayer Cycle eloquently captures the ecstasy, pain, grief, and sublime beauty of humanity--as he simply and poignantly writes in his liner notes, "The world we live in is both joyous and cruel." --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If this does not move you, then you have no soul.
I first heard this as part of a radio program on the local NPR station, and was shamed into silence. The diversity of collaborators in this work (including US folk-rocker James Taylor, Yemenite singer Ofra Haza, Canadian rocker Alanis Morissette, the late Musrat Fateh Ali Khan [one of his last performances], the American Boychoir w/Devin Provenzano, the English Chamber Orch. & Chorus) shows the great number of fields that composer Jonathan Elias was drawing from.

The song "Hope" will lift your spirit, while James Taylor's melancholy vocals on "Grace" will move you to tears (At first, I thought he would be horribly out of place, but his voice fits the work perfectly!). The lyrics run all over the map in language. There are lyrics in Urdu, Mali, Latin, English, French, Italian, Hungarian, Dwala, Tibetan, German, Spanish and Hebrew, but they are listed in English in the CD booklet. I gather this is Elias' way of uniting the world. The lyrics are prayers, laments and pleas for forgiveness. The themes are loneliness, war and regret.

The style of music is definately classical, but does not limit itself to European roots. There are distinct influences from Africa, the Orient, and even various tribal nuances. For someone who was raised on European Classical music, it may be a shock to the system, but it works, and it is wonderful!

I forsee this recording to be one of the hand-picked few that future generations will draw upon for inspiration. As we as a people on this planet become closer, our world seems to become smaller. Our hopes, dreams, and cultures begin to overlap. This recording is proof that, when skillfully co-ordinated they can create incredible harmony.

Highly, highly reccomended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing and unforgettable
This CD defies any specific description of its content. It is most often listed as an "Alanis Morissette album" simply because she sings several songs. But, it is a mixture of styles, cultures, music and religious beliefs that is hard to explain but not easy to forget. Jonathan Elias has written a series of choral pieces on faith, no matter what religion you adhere to. Alanis sings in French on one song and in Hungarian on another. Such diverse talents as James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and the late international superstars, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ofra Haza lend their voices. Reading the lyrics in English adds to the understanding of what is being conveyed, but the melodies and voices joining in hope and faith are just as touching. This album is about faith in God or goddesses or nature, whatever beliefs you may have. It mixes beliefs and musical styles in a way I've never heard before. The music is moving, touching, breath-taking, and unforgettable.

5-0 out of 5 stars MUSIC FROM HEAVEN
I FIRST HEARD THE TITLE TRACK IN THE MOVIE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLESS
SEARCHED FOR THIS SONG FOR 2YRS WHEN I FINALLY FOUND IT I WAS MORE THAN SATISFIED THE WHOLE CD IS BEYOND BELIFE THE COMBO OF THE STARS AND THE MUSIC WAS A PERFECT MARRIGE ANY AND ALL WHO BUY THIS CD WILL NOT BE LET DOWN

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully flowing
This is a mood-changing CD. It touches something immediately in your inner being. I have listened to it in repeat mode and have not tired of it. I also feel transformed by it. I am more serene and less frustrated by what is going on in the world. I feel more connected with a global life force. Buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I was once in a great relationship with someone. He and I would fall asleep listening to this CD every night. The level that it took us to was just amazing. We felt so spiritual and connected.

This CD elevates you. As so many say it is beyond words and yet us reviewers are trying to express the beauty just so that one more person will buy it.

You will not regret this purchase. When all things are wrong in your life you will put this on, and it will calm you. It will bring your mind to a point in your life where things were in harmony. You will feel balances. I'm not one to normally believe in this sort of thing, but when I light a candle and put this on all is well in my world.

I'm not religious, but this music is heavenly! I just HAD to share because I've just found this disc again and cannot stop playing it. ... Read more


129. Showbiz
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Often compared to Radiohead, the youngsters in Muse make no bones about their love of Thom Yorke and company. Like Radiohead and their other favorite band, Nirvana, the tracks on Muse's debut go straight for the quiet verses and windstorm choruses associated with those acts. Unfortunately, Muse don't have that crackling aura their idols possess, and that's something that no amount of production can fix.Still, it's hard to write them off completely after hearing the single "Muscle Museum," which hints at brighter days on the horizon.Radiohead's Pablo Honey wasn't that great an album either, and look at them post-OK Computer.If they're going to crash American radio, they'll have to wait until the next release. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best debut album I can think of.
I first heard of Muse when they opened up for Foo Fighters and the Chili Peppers on a tour of the US years ago. The mixing was so bad I couldnt make out much of what they did but I remember that they impressed me more than the other more famous acts purely because of the energy they had on stage. A few months later I found myself in a music store looking at Showbiz on sale, so I bought it, and thank God I did. This is quite simply the best debut album I've ever heard, and as it turns out in their later albums (Origin of Symmetry and Absolution) they have lived up to everything I expected and more; meaning that they are quite simply the best band in existence at this moment. The chord changes and progressions, changes in rythym, the use of electronic sounds, the ghostly images and sensations conjured up by their melodic minor keys, the way Matt's voice drips with emotion, be it sadness, pain, elation, etc (and his voice is about 750 times better than Thom's - no offense to any Radiohead fans). The comparisons to Radiohead are understandable and completely wrong. In another review someone mentioned that people have tried to give Muse bad press out of a desire to protect Radiohead. I don't know how true this is but if I were forced to compare the two, I would have to say that Muse is, in so many ways, so much more than Radiohead. Radiohead has, since OK Computer, sacrificed being creative and good in order to be new and unique. And believe there is a big difference between being creative and being unique. Muse, as of its 3rd full album, manages to combine creativity with uniqueness, and the result is nothing short of pure brilliance. Having said all this, the journey begins with Showbiz.

2-0 out of 5 stars i see potential
I had heard of this group, and in fact I even heard a song by them once that I mistook for a Radiohead B-side. There is no escaping the similarity between vocal styles.

I never planned to purchase anything by Muse, but might consider buying some of their later work if the band develops its own style. I came across this album at a record store that was giving away lots of CDs when you spent [$$]. I saw it in the free stuff bin, recognized the name, decided to pick it up without expecting to ever listen to it.

I admit I was pleasantly surprised upon the first listen. This band has potential. I gave it only 2 stars because it isn't particularly original. It reminds me of Pablo Honey, but without the inspired edginess and brilliant guitarwork. And Pablo Honey isn't even that good of an album. But Showbiz certainly doesn't [hurt]. In fact, the vocals even hinted at the emotion of Jeff Buckley. Showbiz is worth a few listens, but if you're going to spend money on it, make sure it's at least half price. Otherwise, stock up on Radiohead.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good album
This is a fine album but they do sound a lot like Radiohead!They have also been heavily influenced by The Smashing Pumpkins though the popular music press would have you believe they've been more influenced by Nirvana(typical of the prejudiced way the Pumpkins are treated compared to Nirvana in general).If it wasn't for the sometimes lack of originality,this album would be one of the great debuts of all time.They are outstandingly talented musicians though and Matt's a great vocalist.

5-0 out of 5 stars incredible
i consider this the best album by muse. every track is just so good... my favorite is probably 'Showbiz' or 'Cave' but really, theres not a one track that i would skip.

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy I Found This One
This is a somewhat difficult review to write at this moment. I am trying to remember the emotions and feelings that I felt when I first heard this CD, and really had no clue who Muse was. I first heard of Muse through the KROQ (an LA radio station) new music CD that featured Muscle Museum. The rest of that CD wasn't incredible, but from the opening notes of Muscle Museum, I knew I was on to something. I immediately bought the import CD from Amazon and was just blown away with what I heard.

The CD begins with a little piano intro to Sunburn, a song that really shows the musical talent of these young men. The seemless transition between piano and distored guitars is really something to behold. Muscle Museum follows, followed by Fillip, not one of my favorite songs, but again, a beautiful interweaving piano line. Falling Down, Cave and Showbiz are very nice songs (Cave especially), but the next song, Unintended is really the hit song of this album. The first time I heard this song, it brought tears to my eyes, there is so much emotion and complexity to this song, I actually called my brother while listening to this song the first time and told him to by this CD. The lyrics are just stunning, the orchestration and development of the song is just, breathtaking for lack of a better word.

Uno follows Unintended, and while this song definitely is a little bit harsher ("this means nothing to me, cause you mean nothing to me") it still is an excellent song. The CD winds up with some hits (Escape) and some misses (Overdue), but even this misses aren't that far off.

As I sit here and review this CD some five years after I first heard of Muse, I'm amazed at how far they've come musically with their albums that followed Showbiz, but also how mature these gentleman were for being 17 or so when this was recorded. Everyone who likes Radiohead or similar bands should give these guys a shot, truly a masterpiece. ... Read more


130. The Best of Simple Minds
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2 CDs featuring 5 top 40 singles and a total of 32 songscovering the band's A&M and Virgin Records careers. Alsoincludes the bonus track 'The Real Life' (Raven Maize)(sampling Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody). 2001. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It is a chronology
"best of simple minds" is an effective double cd collection that covers all of band's most important tracks up to around year 1999. i enjoyed it and it made me get their other albums. i think it is a perfect album for someone who knows only few simple minds songs and wants to know their music better.
from the cold new wave sound up to warm and emotional pop-rock Simple Minds remained a fresh band that has their own recognizable sound. of course they had some weaker spots ("biko" sounds much better in Peter Gabriel's version,and what the heck is the last track?) but who is perfect? even the lack of presence of some tracks doesn't change the fact that it is the best and most ineresting Simple Minds collection avaible.

5-0 out of 5 stars 100 stars would be more like it!
If you're like me you've owned "Glittering Price" (US version) and were deeply dissapointed. I know I was! (The song Glittering Price was not in the US version [DUH] and the imported version missed "Stand By Love" & "Up On The Catwalk" as well!). Well, as most everyone knows, all Glittering Price's songs are here in the "Best Of", plus others that kick rear end. Better yet they are all mostly full versions. I gave my Glittering Price CD away to a friend. Anyone who knows Simple Minds' previous work (prior to Glittering Prize) must have been upset about that compilation.

Well "Best Of"; now that's a REAL compilation!! The only flaw (big one) is leaving New Gold Dream 81 82 83 84 behind (not to worry get the NGD CD and you'll be even), but that always happens with "greatest hits" CDs. To make a full "Best Of" collection for Simple Minds I think they would have needed 4 CDs (impossible, I know) but this gives people a general idea of what he group is really made of. After buying this collection I was inspired to get 5 more Simple Minds CD, and now I can't wait to finish my collection (I only need about 2 or 3). Get this collection now, you wont be dissapointed!!

My faves: See The Lights, Glittering Prize, Life In A Day, Biko, Sanctify Yourself, Stand By Love, War Babies, Alive And Kicking, GhostDancing, Let There Be Love, I Travel, Belfast Child, Up On The Catwalk & Speed Your Love To Me.

I recommend the style of Simple Minds to anyone, its a unique group and nobody has been able to match their special style and uniqueness.

5-0 out of 5 stars A true desert island fav!
Where do you start with these guys? My first Simple Minds album was New Gold Dream which is another must have.I picked this CD up trying to fill the gaps and really liked it. They have so many different sounds and styles and they are all here (except for New Gold Dream. Their is a different version of Promised You a Miracle which is great with a little more bounce. Just about any person who grew up in the 80's would like this CD as their is something for everyone here. There newer material on disc two was somewhat more mellow but works great at dinner or on a roadtrip. I have a ton of respect for these guys as their songs shaped my childhood and made me feel good. 5 star all the way!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, but where is "New Gold Dream?"
I agree with all of the other reviewers that this is a great compilation of one of my all-time favorite 80s bands, but where is "New Gold Dream?" If it's a greatests collection, this band's greatest tune is missing. Listen to Flashbackalternatives.com for more great Simple Minds tunes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Where is Dr. Phil
hello:

i bought this cd thinking it was songs about dr. phil mcgraw. these guys may me want to dance like belinda carlisle. it is happy new wave music. leg warmers and big hair.
chest hair and sharls.

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131. Poetic Champions Compose
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If his albums are any indication, Van Morrison seems to have bounced betweenreligions like a demented pinball. Amazingly, for a decade that saw the Belfast enigma explore Christianity and Scientology before returning, on Avalon Sunset, to Christianity, Poetic Champions Compose serves as a reminder that Van managed to even cram in an agnostic phase along the way. With this in mind, a desperately bleak version of the folk standard "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" lacerates the heartstrings. But the album shouldn't be assumed by any means to be a depressing affair. Three saxophone instrumentals, including the Miles Davis-influenced "Spanish Steps," lend a crisp Sunday morning feel to much of the proceedings, while "Queen of the Slipstream" and the live favorite "Did Ye Get Healed" suggest that, however bad the crisis of faith was (and the quite awesome preceding album No Guru, No Method, No Teacher suggests it was pretty bad), here is a man ultimately happy to find redemption in a love song.--Peter Paphides ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ethereal Splendour
This is a most serious work and presents Van Morrison at his introspective best. Album after album, with few exceptions, Van shows that he is one of the most intelligent and deep-thinking singer/songwriters in the business. Poetic Champions Compose is THE cd to pop in when you are in a reflective mood. There is not a weak song on the album. This is not lounge jazz or "soft" jazz. This is blues and jazz for thinking people. My favorites are The Mystery, I Forgot That Love Existed, Give Me My Rapture, and Did Ye Get Healed? The instrumentals are dreamy, the saxophones pouring forth an ethereal splendour. Van Morrison has made so many great albums its impossible to pick a favorite but this mid-period masterpiece surely ranks near the top.

5-0 out of 5 stars Adult jazz and pop music at it's finest !
When it comes to the music of Van Morrison and your a fan of his style, you almost can't go wrong. Alot of people just dont't dig Van's music and it's a shame. I think people don't like it because they are musically limited and frankly Van's style is just too darn urbane for alot of people. But enough of my preaching I don't agree with what alot of critics said about this 1987 release. They said that compared to "No Guru" from the previous year that this was a lackluster effort. Not neseccerily it just depends what style you like. This album has a smooth polished jazz and adult pop sound to it. Let us begin with "Spanish Steps" this saxophone instrumental is a quite dark and brooding opener for a Van album but it is relaxing like the other 2 instrumentals that follow."Next is The Mystery" that has a nice string arrangement it gives the song Van's special celtic touch. Following is Queen of the Slipstream, good song nice complex melody with nice harp and string arrangements. I forgot that love existed is a song that has a " radio friendly " sound to it the way the sax closes the song sounds cool I wish they would have played that part out longer. The only song I don't care for is "Motherless Child" it is just kind of brooding and too long. But Van really shows his talent on "Celtic Exscavation " a great sax instrumentatl" the ending is pretty moving you can even hear Van grunt at the end of it. I think "Someone like You" is my favorite song on the album (very emotional song) guys if this song doesn't turn a woman on I am not sure what music will. Allan Watts Blues is pretty cool it sounds like it also could have snagged some radio play. Give Me My Rapture is a simple but very enjoyable Gospel number that shows another side of the album. " Did Ye get healed " is really cool as well very enjoyable. The instrumental "Allow Me" closes the album and is very good. It either sounds like a slow dance song or a song you get drunk to like the " Leaving Las Vegas" soundtrack. It is so great I can like music even my parents enjoy and this album is an example of that. Definately worth taking a second look at!

4-0 out of 5 stars JAZZY, ATMOSPHERIC MUSIC
The instrumental Spanish Steps is the languid jazzy introduction to this album of understated songs. The album takes it name from a line in Queen Of The Slipstream, a gentle ballad with a haunting melody. I Forgot That Love Existed is another jazzy number with gorgeous instrumental flourishes, whilst Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child has more of a soul or R&B feel in its yearning vocals and has something of the same effect as Blind Faith's Can't Find My Way Home. Celtic Excavation is an ethereal and evocative instrumental with tinkling piano and a lovely lilting flow and Someone Like You is a slow and moving love song. My favourites include the bouncy Alan Watts Blues with its twanging guitar and the rhythmic uptempo Give Me My Rapture, a catchy inspirational song with great organ flourishes. The piece Did Ye Get Healed? has swirling female backing vocals and the album concludes with another jazzy instrumental titled Allow Me. The album is quite cohesive in creating a mood of contented contemplation with Morrison's characteristic spiritual undertone. It is probably not considered to be amongst his greatest work, but still a classic in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Heard Van
I was a wedding photographer for many years & always tried to keep in touch with the DJ's. If the wedding was with an evangelical couple, this CD was normally played during the reception. This is one of Van's more happier & lighter CD's with love songs galore. Comes right after the more profound "No Guru, No Method, No Teacher" which gives a more quasi-Buddhist/Christian direct mystic appeal. Van Morrison always had the singing voice though very emotional & spiritual, can at times be rather rough & therefore many don't care for his songs. But this CD would be a good starting place to get use to his singing voice & enjoy the many styles & subject matters. Van is in top form with this CD, playing his beloved sax at times with a light jazz feel. Other songs are either R&B or straight ballad music. Try the "Listen to Samples" section, each of the songs are very good, the most famous song from the CD "Someone Like You" is not programmed for you to listen to. I gave this CD a "5" because the whole CD is good all the way through. I like other Van Morison CD's better, but their number would be off the chart.

4-0 out of 5 stars SOME OF HIS BEST LATTER-DAY COMPOSITIONS AND PERFORMANCES
Van Morrison discs will always retain a professionalism of musicianship and at least one great song. Poetic Champions is one of the latter day Van's best albums because a) he isn't resorting to synthesizers and other "flavor-of-the-week" produciton values that have dated much of his '80s work that would otherwaise be timeless, b) lyrically and musically, he doesn't shy away from sentimentality, but there is a distinct lack of Van's trademark cynicism, and c) it's one of the few examples post-Into theMusic, that Van really does seem to get let the music lead him, rather than the other way around.

The album kicks off with the mellow-jazz lounge instrumental (!) "Spanish Steps". It's followed by one of the BEST all-time devotional songs "The Mystery". Other compositions of romance and renewed faith abound: "Queen of the Slipstream", "I Forgot That Love Existed", "Someone Like You". These songs are all excellent and are unabashed love songs, both joyous and joyful. The other great track here is the cover of the traditional "Motherless Children". Van does a wonderful, inspired reading of this song that has been covered from everyone from Blind Willie Johnson to Eric Clapton.

Of Van's post-1980 work, this and Avalon Sunset are absolute must-owns (Hymns to the Silence and The Healing Game are damn good too). ... Read more


132. When in Rome
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5-0 out of 5 stars Staying Power
What is wrong with you people? This is one of the best albums that I've ever bought. Eleven years later I still enjoy their sound. Didn't you guys even listen to "EVERYTHING". Every time I play that song for someone, they immediately want to know who sings it. The trouble is that if you people haven't heard a song on the radio a million times you can't really see it's true worth. Too bad. Sometimes the best songs on an album are not the ones that get air time.

2-0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
The Promise has been a song that most people know and love for a long time. It has always been one of my favorite songs, period. The album on the otherhand, is sadly awful. The lyrics are uninventive and childish. After the Promise one begins to wonder what other band stepped in and made the rest of the cd! It sounds nothing like the song we carry with us and love. It is quite clear why this was a one shot deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Heaven Knows" how good this album is!
"When in Rome" (Clive Farrington/vocals, Michael Floreale/keyboards, & Andrew Mann/vocals) is a wonderful group. I'm sorry that they didn't make more albums than this one casue it's fully enjoyable! The only song I think that get's annoying is "I Can't Stop". But we have the rest of they're great songs. "The Promise" (the song they're known for) is the reason that I even bought this album. "If Only" is very touching and "Something's Going On" is just plan fun. "Everything" is a very moving song! I love it! Their songs are very upbeat and easy to connect with and I can listen to this album over and over again. The vocals are pleasant too. :) If you like Erasure you'll like "When In Rome". They're not exactly the same as 'Erasure' but the style is similar. I defiantly recommend this album!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars A bit more to offer than just "The Promise"

In the late 80s, When in Rome stormed onto the US music scene with "The Promise," and then vanished into obscurity as fast as they came. Chances are that if you're looking at this CD, you've heard "The Promise" and you want to know if the rest of the album is worth buying.

It might be - if you are an 80s alterno-euro-power-pop fan or a fan of power-piano-pop. Don't be looking for angst ridden, poignant tunes on the rest of this release that were typical of this era (like the classic "Don't You Forget About Me"). While their voices maintain that angst-ridden quality throughout that merges so well with the tune of "The Promise," the orchestration through most of the rest of the release is upbeat and happy, clashing with the angst. I will admit that I do like their voices, and I really enjoy what they do with the harmonies, which are often ignored in pop music.

However, the reason I enjoy and appreciate this release (and you should too if you are to enjoy it somewhat) is for its over-produced 80s power pop style. After "The Promise," "Heaven Knows" continues the driving euro-power-pop theme, however its tone is a bit more upbeat. While not so much on the over-produced side, "I Can't Stop," with its horns, driving beat, and female backing vocals makes you get up and dance happily around the room singing along. "Sight of Your Tears," despite its sad title, is orchestrally upbeat, powerful, driving and happy. "Wide, Wide Sea" is actually my favorite song on this release and what made me buy it after hearing a friend's tape. Something about the tune and lyrics really grabbed me; it's very upbeat, hopeful, and it makes me want to dance around.

Then there are the other songs, which deviate from the over-produced power-pop theme. For the most part, the remainder of the songs are much shallower and rely on simple orchestration that focuses on piano and drums. "Something Going On" is the most produced of this category, but after hearing the first two songs, this one is a real shock. Not to mention the tune is rather syrupy. "If Only" is a standard shallow piano and drum pop ballad, and it tries a bit too hard to be sentimental. "Child's Play" and "Total Devotion" are both driving power piano tunes. They can be fun, but again they are more shallow and raw and sound kind of like bar performances with a live band. "Everything" concludes the album on a slower note with this power-piano ballad tune.

So, amid this muddled mess, what is my recommendation? If you liked "The Promise" THAT much to be looking up the release, I would at least put it on your potential gift list. And if you're an 80s music freak to boot, you might want to put it toward the top of that list. I don't think you will be disappointed with the release, but at the same time I don't think it will become your favorite of all time. It is a fairly solid 80s classic that is worth pulling off the shelf every now and again for a listen. Since I find half of the songs fun and enjoyable, and the other half somewhat remotely enjoyable, I give this release a strong 3 star rating.

3-0 out of 5 stars Three good songs out of Ten
Title says it all...The Promise, and Heaven Knows are great and bring back 80's memories. Wide Wide Sea is also upbeat and has decent lyrics. Unfortunately, the rest of the album I tend to skip through. ... Read more


133. Ultimate Survivor
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4-0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying
I bought this CD not being real familiar with Survivor but being a big fan of 80's music. I am happy with the purchase. The lead singers voice is pleasant to listen too and doesn't get annoying. Most of their songs seem to be on the slow tempo side but they can rock on the ones that rock. This CD is worth purchasing just for the songs "I Can't Hold Back", "Man Against The World" (my favorite) & "Eye Of The Tiger". Whether you're familiar with Survivor or not, I think you will enjoy this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just As Good A Collection As GREATEST HITS
THE ULTIMATE SURVIVOR is just as good a collection as GREATEST HITS, containing several songs not on the earlier collection, including the rare single "Rebel Girl", the unreleased original version of "Rockin' Into The Night" (which jump-started .38 Special's career), the full-length version of "Summer Nights", and the VITAL SIGNS album track "First Night." You should get both collections, as well as the studio albums EYE OF THE TIGER and VITAL SIGNS.

4-0 out of 5 stars Close, but not quite definitive collection
I have been looking for years for a definitive Survivor Greatest Hits package.This is the closest yet.However, this CD still is missing the following Billboard Hot 100 chart entries: "The One That Really Matters", "The Moment of Truth", and "How Much Love". This collection does however include ALL of the band's Top 40 hits.So, if you are just looking for the Top 40 hits, this is for you.If you are looking for all of their songs to make the Hot 100, then I would suggest buying this and trying to download the other 3 songs.The CD also includes great liner notes.

5-0 out of 5 stars All the big Survivor hits - and more!
There are multiple Survivor GH collections available, some easier to find than others.Here's some info to compare / contrast what is on them:

1990 - Survivor Greatest Hits 1 - 10 songs, all previously released material, all hits
1993 - Survivor Greatest Hits 2 - 13 songs, including two new songs (I didn't really like them)
2001 - Fire In Your Eyes (Import) - 18 songs, really good collection of hits
2001 - Prime Cuts (Import) - 18 songs, not all the hits, but many excellent album cuts
2004 - Ultimate Survivor - 18 songs, all major and most minor hits, two previously unreleased tunes

I've reviewed all but the 1990 GH CDs, and the first four have varying availability on amazon.com.

For the casual fan who just wants the big radio hits, this CD has them.I personally like all the songs, but if you're mainly interested in the hits, this might be more than you really want.But who knows, you may love the ones you haven't heard yet.Their sound evolved, but remained consistent - there's not as much contrast here as there is with many bands' GH collections.

If you like just about everything you've heard from Survivor but you're not ready to get all their CDs, this is definitely a good place to start.It has songs from all seven studio albums, plus their huge hit "Burning Heart" from the "Rocky IV" soundtrack.

For those of you who are like me and own all the other Survivor CDs, getting this one comes down to three songs:
- Rebel Girl - the elusive tune which was left off the debut album (but can apparently be found on some Japanese versions of that CD).It's been hyped quite a bit.It's a catchy guitar-driven tune.
- Summer Nights - from "Premonition" - the vinyl album has a shorter version of this, but the "Premonition" CD I got from amazon.com three years ago has this longer version.So if you have "Premonition" on CD, you have this version (just over four minutes long).
- Rockin' Into The Night - also could have made it to the debut CD, but was given to 38 Special and became their breakout hit.Survivor's version is definitely good, but my ears have been trained to consider the 38 Special version to be the "real" version.

Some other notes:
- The only four songs on all five GH CDs are "Eye Of The Tiger", "High On You", "I Can't Hold Back", and "The Search Is Over" (their four biggest hits).
- This CD has extensive liner notes, with lots of good info.
- Some reviewers have mentioned poor sound quality.I think this CD has the best quality of these particular songs available (I've done the comparisons myself).
- The main omission from this CD is "The Moment Of Truth" from the "Karate Kid" soundtrack.It is available on the GH2 and FIYE collections.It's a decent song, but not essential.

Even though I already have the 1993 GH2 CD, I got this one, mainly for "Rebel Girl".

All in all, this is a very good collection of Survivor tunes.For the majority of people, I recommend this over any of the other greatest hits collections.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Their Original Not The Cover
We have a number of Survivor compilations already. The latest one is in my opinion slightly better than their official one in 1993 because it has more of their great stuff and CAUGHT IN THE GAME and some of TOO HOT TO SLEEP tracks make it worth a purchase. And although there's no new tracks, Survivor version of ROCKIN' INTO THE NIGHT is a boon to 80s rock fans. It is one of the best songs Jim Peterik has created so far and thanks to Volcano record's effort we can now have Survivor's version. Rockin' Into The Night was supposed to be included in Survivor's debut but it somehow could not survive for debut's 11 track selection and was given to a southern rocker 38 Special. Ironically that hapless track became the first hit for 38 Special. REBEL GIRL was another hapless track. It seems that this track managed to survive for the album but it was kept for Japanese version's extra track and American fans could not taste this great track. Anyhow I hope it could reach huge number of music fans and pave the way for their major comeback.

Recommended for wide range of American music fans old and new. ... Read more


134. Chicago Transit Authority
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Having morphed--some would argue devolved--into a predictable ballad machine by the '80s, it's good to be reminded of Chicago's original artistic ethos and vibrant promise. And what better place to start than their spectacular 1969 debut? This digitally remastered edition compiles the double album on a single disc that retains the original LP artwork and features a 16-page booklet with a retrospective essay (based on new band member interviews) by David Wild. Chicago weren't yet the '70s hit-singles factory they would shortly become, and CTA showcases a band whose muscular musicianship and creative restlessness fostered two LPs worth of music that was as aggressive and far-ranging as its singles were friendly and inviting. Tellingly, the hits showcased here--"Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?" "Beginnings," "Questions 67 and 68," and their rhythmically pumped cover of the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man"--were often edited down from the original collection's suite-heavy structure. But those familiar cuts belie the downright progressive and angular nature of much of the rest, which fuses Terry Kath's neo-psychedelic guitar (which careens to noisy, feedback-laden Hendrixesque extremes on "Free Form Guitar") to one of rock's pioneering horn sections with enough experimentalism ("Poem 58") that it frequently overwhelms their undeniable genius with a pop song. Chicago would seldom sound so adventurous after this, one of rock's greatest debut albums. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An exuberant debut
THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY was released by The Chicago Transit Authority in April 1969, three months after the band recorded it. Produced by James William Guercio (as were their next 10 releases), TCTA is the exciting debut by the band soon to be known simply as Chicago. Robert Lamm, Terry Kath, James Pankow, Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider, Peter Cetera and Daniel Seraphine were all in top gear for this recording and working towards the same goal: to create something different and musically exciting. Their quest worked. Originally a double record set on Columbia/Sony, Rhino has re-issued it in vastly superior form and sound. This alone makes it worth revisiting, let alone re-purchasing, even if you have the old CD. For the hits-conscious, "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Beginnings" and "Questions 67 & 68" (all written by Lamm) appear here - in their longer formats. Which brings to mind the rest of the album: all extended and imaginatively-arranged by the band. Terry's "Free Form Guitar" (the type of track that you'll appreciate, or skip over immediately) is only telling part of the story. This is really a "free form" album. "Introduction", "Poem 58", their foot-tapping cover of "I'm A Man" and the socially-conscious "Prologue, August 29, 1968"/"Someday (August 29, 1968)" are all wonderful examples of that much-loved time when Chicago let their instrumental muse run free and weren't hindered by the 45 r.p.m. single format - because they were NOT about having hits in 1969. Even for those who are turned off by their slick '80's hits (which are still good), give this a spin and be dazzled. For those who already know the music contained within, any classic is worth revisiting - especially in such an improved re-issue. What a glorious start...

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Start for a Great Band
"Chicago Transit Authority" is an amazing achievement for the group Chicago for many reasons. When it was recorded in 1968, the group was given two weeks to lay down all of the tracks. For four album sides worth of material!
The performances, considering the pressure they must have been under in their first studio experience are just astounding.
And of course there is the music, which when it emerged in 1969 was like nothing else before it; and nothing like it came after. Radio staples like "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and "Beginnings" still sound great because the music just doesn't fit any "category". It's pop; it's rock; a little jazzy; terrific melodies and great vocal harmonies; lots of feel.
The CD opener, "Introduction", is a perfect showcase for the band and a preview what lies ahead on the rest of the tracks. Great horns, terrific drumming by Danny Seraphine, and Terry Kath's unique blues-rock guitar.
Kath goes on to dominate this recording, with solos on almost every tune and long jam stretches highlighting his improvising skills. Instrumentals "Poem 58" and "Liberation" remain classics in this vein, while "Listen", "I'm a Man" and "South California Purples" are bluesy songs with some great Kath guitar placed within.
The dominance of Terry Kath on this album is my only criticism. For the record, I am NOT criticisng Terry's playing. I dig every note. But,although many call this the "greatest" Chicago record because it has the most edge, since it does not find the group really branching out in different directions yet and highlighting each and every members' talents like on Chicago II or VII, it is really not the best document of this truly eclectic band.
I hate to admit it, but "Free Form Guitar" which, if it had been a minute long or so would have been fine, but I've been skipping past this track for years as it's just tedious.
A true high point which shows Chicago at it's best with vocalists Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera sharing the lead duties and the horns really blowing is "Someday". Political rumblings aside, this is just a great tune.
Although this record finds producer James William Guercio still experimenting with mixing (the horns are put to one side), the overall sound is very live, which adds to the timelessness of this disc.
"Chicago Transit Authority" burst onto the music scene after Blood Sweat and Tears had released a couple of recordings and other "one hit wonders" such as the Buckinghams were using horns in a popular format, but anyone listening to Chicago's first release knew that this was something really new and innovative.
BS&T were great, but they were bascially a jazz band mixing in some pop angles. Chicago was a true rock band, with a top notch guitarist, three great vocalists and a really unique horn section with it's own personality, feel and sound. And of course, the songwriting: cutting-edge, high quality and truly fresh.
After "Chicago Transit Authority", Chicago left all "horn rock" bands in the dust, and for obvious reasons.
This is a "must have" disc for anyone interested in Chicago, or, seeking out all important early rock recordings.

5-0 out of 5 stars What happened after this
The debut album for Chicago is awesome, they lost direction after each subsequent release till the zzzzzzs kicked in.
This is a real rock album up there with Electric Ladyland etc.
Terry Kath was an incredible guitarist.

5-0 out of 5 stars READ ME!!! (Please)
There are, as showed in the reviews for this album, many different people with many different opinions for this album. For example, I admit Chicago (Transit Authority) were more comercial than many other Jazz/Blues/Rock n' roll bands. However this is where peoples opinions are divided over Chicago's greatness. Some find it sickening that Chicago are considered one of the best Jazzy bands, over bands of whom were far more Jazz based, however others realise that they were titled as a Jazz/Blues etc band because their style was unique and fitted into no other catagories and so were named Jazzy.
Those of you who don't like Chicago, that's fine, perfectly exceptable as music is all about pesonel opinions, likes dislikes etc. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions don't you know?
Now, to talk about the music.
Chicago Transit Authority is a great first album for Chicago, displaying everything that would make them great over the forth coming decade. All the songs are superb and all have their individual moments of perfection. The great thing about a band like Chicago is you can feel the emeotion in the music. This is at no point more prominent than in the Trumpet/trombone solo's on Beginnings about four minutes in. It is worth buying the album just for that moment, it is truly beautiful.
In a rather rushed conclusion, If you already have some Chicago, even if it is a latter Chicago 20+, you will love their first album and it is worth every penny. If you have never bought a Chicago album before, you may as well start here as it is just as great as its successors. Superb!

1-0 out of 5 stars Canned Music
I heard this monstrosity many years ago, they were promoting it in record stores, hoping for massive sales. I assume they got their wish. This is jazz for the great brainwashed masses. If you want to hear some real jazz-rock, I highly recommend Soft Machine or Climax Blues Band. Yeah I'll concede Chicago were competent musicians, but not much more. I would like to thank Chicago for developing my lightning handspeed in changing the dial. Better yet, listen to John Coltranes My Favorite Things to hear jazz as it should sound. These guys were simply too too commercial for me. Dan Hicks said it best with his tune, Canned Music. ... Read more


135. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (Score)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I hope the movie is as good as the soundtrack!
I was really impressed with this CD. I was excited from the beginning, when I heard Bryan Adams was doing the music and Hans Zimmer was doing the score. I got all that I wanted when I listened to the CD for the first time.
It's set up much like the "Road to El Dorado" CD is: all the lyrical songs and then a few selections from the score. The theme of the movie, "Here I Am" is a really great song with a good beat. Bryan Adams' duet with Sarah McLauchlan for "Don't Let Go" is an exceptionally beautiful song and one of my favorites. "Get Off Of My Back" (the song heard in many of the previews) is great as well. I'd say the song I dislike the most is "You Can't Take Me", but I don't hate it enough to skip over it every time.
There are 4 selections from the movie's score on this CD, and they're all great. Hans Zimmer has always written great scores for animated films, and this is no exception.
I'd say my only complaint is the quality of the picture on the back of the case; you can practically count the pixels. But that's hardly a reason to lower the rating.
If you like Bryan Adams, I can pretty much guarantee you'll enjoy this CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Spirit tied with Home on the range
I love the movie "SPIRIT" and of course, I love my Spirit soundtrack! You can really understand the horses in the movie, even if they don't speak! That's what makes the music so special. It seems perfect for what a wild stallion would feel. All of the songs express different emotions, in some way, and sometimes you can just picture wild mares, colts, foals, and stallions running free. The soundtrack and the movie are tied in quality. In the movie, it's from the horses' point of view. It's as if it's saying, " how would YOU like it if that happened to you?" The soundtrack is so real that you can almost HEAR horses' hooves clopping on the ground, and horses' breathing! The music, ( by HANS ZIMMER,) really go along with the words, ( by BRYAN ADAMS.) Both of their tunes have the feeling of wild horses. It is great to hear it! I listen to my soundtrack... almost every day! My opinion is that if you get this, you should get the HOME ON THE RANGE soundtrack, where cows are on an adventure themselves' in the wild west. The songs are great in both of these. They're even better if they go together!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack for a Wonderful Movie
When I saw the movie, I noticed Bryan Adams' music right away. I didn't realize how perfectly matched the soundtrack was for the movie until I bought the CD and listened to it, then watched the movie again. It's wonderful! You almost can't help but to sing along, and Adams' vocal performance is particularly poignant. Since the movie is largely about non-speaking characters, the music is particularly good at conveying the feeling behind certain scenes such as when Spirit is in the train car and imagines he sees his herd in the snowflakes. You'll listen to this cd over and over.

5-0 out of 5 stars Moving, Emotional...Addictive
Music always enhances an atmosphere, and on occassion it can also digress one. In the case of this music, the atmosphere and the emotion surrounding the movie were by far intensified beyond what my words can describe. In many ways, I feel that of all the soundtracks that Hans Zimmer has written scores for, this is one of the top ranking ones. (...) I understand the power of music. This CD is beautiful. I bought it probably 2 years after I saw the movie, because I never actually got around to picking it up within good time of seeing the movie. This is by far one of the most grasping CDs I've ever bought. Once you start playing it, you can't help but want ot listen to the whole thing. It is beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this CD, and it's movie...
I recently got this CD after wanting it for about 2 years. I'm so happy the waiting is over! I listen to it all day, loving each moment of every song! When you're feeling down in the dumps, "Sound the Bugle" is there to lift your "Spirit"s! Feeling romantic? Try "Nothing I've Ever Known". When angry or under stress, why not listen to "Get Off My Back"? This CD has a song for everybody, and it's definetly worth every penny. ... Read more


136. So Far So Good
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So Far So Good offers up 13 of his previous hits plus a new song, "Please Forgive Me," a gooey, Michael Bolton-like ballad. The album starts out with "Summer of '69," the appealing autobiographical song about the 10-year-old Adams learning to play his first guitar in Ontario, and includes "(Everything I Do) I Do for You," the synth-laced ballad that wound up in the Guinness Book of World Records after topping the British singles charts for 16 weeks. With its over-the-top, gravelly vocals, So Far So Good reminds one of Rod Stewart's 1980s work when he was coasting on past achievements. Unfortunately, Adams has never had a period like Stewart's glory years in the '70s. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars So far, couldn't be better
So Far So Good is a flawless greatest hits album. It has all of Bryan Adams's best songs that he made up to 1993. Most of them should be familiar to radio listeners such as "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," "Cuts Like A Knife," "Heaven," and my favorite, "Summer of '69." It also has "Please Forgive Me," which was previously unreleased at the time this album came out, but which became a huge hit when it was released. If you like the hits that Bryan Adams has made so far, then you will definitely like this album. Don't expect to see some of the other Bryan Adams hits that you probably know such as "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" on here, because So Far So Good came out before Bryan made those hits.

Overall, I think this is one of the best greatest hits albums ever made and if you're a Bryan Adams fan and you want a good compilation of his hits up to 1993, So Far So Good is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars So Far Excellent
So Far So Good is a compilation of Bryan's hits up until 1993 and what a career he has had so far. Every song here has it's own individual merit and could easily stand alone but to add 14 great songs on one CD is too good.

From the rocky sounds of the classic Summer Of '69, It's Only Love (with Tina Turner), Kids Wanna Rock and Run To You to the more gentle ballads the Bryan has now become famous for like Straight From The Heart, Please Forgive Me and the phenomenally huge Everything I Do (I Do It For You).

This CD is varied in sound throughout but the quality remains high from start to finish and you'll easily find yourself singing along without realising. Cuts Like A Knife and Somebody are great examples of sing along songs but still hold onto their reputation.

My favourites are the two above mentioned sing along crackers, Summer Of '69 for its battering guitar playing, Heaven as it is a lovely rock ballad that has stood the test of time well and of course the Robin Hood Theme Everything I Do as it is beautiful.

Overall, a great thorough look at Bryan's career so far and one that should be added to your collection if you like Bryan, rock music or just plain fun hits.

4-0 out of 5 stars Heaven
Sometimes when artists release Greatest Hits albums, they always seem to make it within a quick miss. Largely, because there just isn't enough songs on those hits collections that shouls be there. That has come with so many artists and the lackluster collections that are actually issued. With Bryan Adams, he had that problem a few years ago with a hits collection that was issued. It really didn't have enough songs. However, his earlier collection of songs really seems to speak it out very well. At the time his first collection was released, it actually did follow through unlike most other hits collections. That really isn't much of a surprise these days.

The 1993 record, So Far So Good, is a collection of Bryan Adams biggest hits from the 80's and the early 90's. The songs here are great and very dynamic with the Canadian rocker's range. Although they may seem like in the grounds of the guilty pleasure ranking now, they just help you escape there. With great songs like Summer Of '69, Straight From The Heart, Heaven, Cuts Like A Knife, his duet with Tina Turner called It's Only Love, even his wonderous power ballad from Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Everything I Do (I Do It For You) is also here. The album also included another newcomer song, Please Forgive Me, which remains a great song no doubt about it. All in all, this record does follow through, which a lot of collections really don't with the songs and the appeal that breaks through very well.

While people may be torn with this collection and the 2002 Bryan Adams hits collection, The Best Of Me, So Far So Good is a much better hits collection because at the time it surely was released, it did show its feeling with the songs well and true. This is that hits collection. It truly is a must have.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All
There was a time not so long ago when Bryan Adams was the biggest singer in pop music, and this collection of hits shows why. The album opens with his trademark hit, "Summer of '69" and keeps rolling through the hits. All his major '80s songs are here including "Run to You," "Heaven," and "Cuts Like a Knife". But of course the centerpiece of the album is Adams' awesome ode to romanticism: "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)". [Useless fun fact: "Everything..." had the longest run at #1 in the UK, at 16 weeks] Unfortunately, this collection only goes through 1993, so it omits the few hits he had post '93 (a more career-spanning hits collection was released in 2002 and would be a wise purchase for the more casual Bryan Adams fan). Also, because a lot of Adams' songs sound so similar, the album can get a bit monotonous if listened straight through. And the album sleeve is pathetic. But if you need an excuse to go back to the summer of '69 (or '85), you'll want to pick this album up.

4-0 out of 5 stars so far so good---BUT---A few songs short
This is a great "HITS", but the lacks important songs such as:One night love affair, She's only happy when she's dancin',Thought I'd died and gone to heaven. My suggestion would to reissue this album, which only has 14 songs and include the 3 mention above as well as 3 more hits off his "18 till I Die" Cd. These songs would be the three most best songs he has ever done---being---" You're still beautiful to me,Let's make a night to remember and I think about you". This would make the best hits album in the world and to make things better, leave off the stupid song ,"Kids wanna rock" and add in it's place the great song " I'll alway's be right there or It ain't a party...If you can't come round ". This would make the album 20 tracks long and full of the most and only good material that Adams has made.A hits album done right always makes more money and more fans. SO LISTEN UP. ... Read more


137. Sleep, Baby, Sleep
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Listeners familiar with Nicolette Larson's early work as a vocalist with Commander Cody will know right away that this project comes from her smoother-edged solo career. She scored big-easy rock hits, after all, a cynic might add, so it makes sense that her first release of the 1990s (nine years separate this recording and its predecessor, Say When) would be softened by keyboard washes and muted rhythms. But there's a simple reason for this CD's quietude, its floating gentleness: Larson writes in the liner notes that she wrote the songs as she sat by her daughter Elsie May's hospital bed as her daughter recovered. The music had to be all gentle and nonintrusive, and that's how it comes across. This is a great disc to spin as you rock the newborn. Larson's voice peeks out exceptionally as she covers an unreleased Neil Young tune ("Barefoot Floors") and presents a tender reading of "I Bid You Goodnight." Persistently fine layers of accordion and bowed cello give the keyboard-laden environments surprising warmth. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Our FAVORITE bedtime CD
We bought this CD before our first son was born almost 2 years ago (along with many others) and it's still our favorite music to listen to as he goes to sleep. It's soothing and enjoyable music for both parent and child. In fact, I've purchased this for my son's daycare room and they play it everyday during naptime too.

I purchased a third disc so that my second baby can enjoy it in his nightime ritual too. I've also given this as a baby gift to NUMEROUS friends - and they always make a point of saying how much they love the music and positive messages found in this beautiful collection of music.

A MUST have for new parents establishing a bedtime ritual with their baby. Buy one - you're SURE to LOVE it too!! You'll be back for more too...

5-0 out of 5 stars Magical! A must for all young families
Magical indeed. Just after our little girl joined us this album made me cry tears of joy with the simple expressions a Mother (and daddy too) feels for her baby. It immediately became our evening feeding-time music.

Now it is part of our bedtime routine for our 1-month old. Daddy gently dances through the first few tunes which includes our baby, Erika's, favorite "Starlight, Starbright" (she really responds to that tune! or is it Daddy's dancing footwork?) Daddy then hands a happy relaxed baby to me for her late dinner and some cuddling. By the last song Erika is full, happy and asleep, Mom is relaxed and content and Daddy is a happy man too.

Another part of the magic from this CD is how it reminds Moms and Dads how special their baby is and how wonderful is the moment they are sharing with the baby. Very therapuetic for the parents, especially after a long day with a baby!

My favorite song is the Irish Lullabye but I love them all. Daddy's favorite is "The Moment I saw you" and the early "danceable" tunes. The whole CD is truly a gem! We look forward to this being a favorite for many years to come.

This is a must have for all young families!

THANK YOU NICOLETTE and company!

5-0 out of 5 stars I've been buying it as gifts for years!
After three children I am still listening to this fantastic CD! My brother-in-law introduced it to me after hearing it in a store and we have been hooked ever since. Everybody I buy it for gets back to me and tells me how much they enjoy it. You can't help but relax when listening to it, and the words are so beautiful! Also, excellent vocals!

5-0 out of 5 stars Still listening after six years
As a baby, my daughter had a terrible time getting to sleep, so one day my husband went out and picked up this CD. My daughter is now almost seven years old, and we still play it for her at night. We've played it every single night (and while she was a baby, for at least one or two naptimes) for all these years, and not one of us is tired of it. I can't imagine that I'd even be able to stand hearing the same music so many times, but Larson's tunes are soothing and melodic. I'm going to be very sorry when my daughter no longer plays it to go to sleep (probably when she's 20). Buy it and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soothing and Touching
My former boss gave me this CD at a baby shower when I was 8 months pregnant with my now 17 month old son. He admitted that he listens to it sometimes when he has trouble falling asleep. The songs are so touching and really convey what a new parent feels. Now, we listen to this CD every day at naptime and bedtime. It is an integral part of our daily routine. I still get teary eyed sometimes as I rock my baby to sleep, listening to the words of the songs, thinking about just how precious my little boy is to me! ... Read more


138. Firefall - Greatest Hits
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139. The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin'
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Full Title - The Paul Simon Collection - On My Way, Don'tKnow Where I'm Goin'. Featuring 19 tracks that helpeddefine a career, plus a limited edition bonus discfeaturing 5 previously unreleased live tracks! 'AmericanTune' (New York City, 1973), 'Duncan' (London, 1973), 'TheCoast' (Montreux, 2002), 'Mrs. Robinson' (New York City,1999) & 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' (New Orleans, 2001).Warner Bros. 2002. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 50 Ways Of Great Music
Every so often, a lot of people in our industry completely forget about an artist who is know for their unique voice and determination for exactly what they do. In the case of Paul Simon, he has been around for over 40 years, alone and with Art Garfunkel, and his chances that he takes with the music is still compromising. It has been already 30 years since his solo breakthrough, ...let the music speak for what it is exactly suppose to, itself.

The 2002 Greatest Hits On My Way.. is a reflection of Paul Simon's unique solo career, with every single hit you can imagine. Each song is still genuinely crafted with a better sound than it was originally released with each album. There are so many good songs from his award-winning collections including You Can Call Me Al, Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard, and 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover. The collection is also the only Paul Simon album, to feature songs from his 2001 Album Of The Year Grammy Nominated You're The One, and unfortunately the Broadway Bomb, Songs From The Capeman.

Although there are some fans that are still divided between Paul Simon's career, there are very few Greatest Hits collections that really sell for what they are suppose to out right now. This one, On My Way.. is absolutely one of those albums. I truly suggest this one for both new and old fans alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars Collection for newcomers and collectors
Given the contraint of 19 tracks on CD 1 (78 minutes), the track selection is nearly perfect, and gives a very good overview of Simon's solo years. This is a good offer for newcomers to PS's music. The main problem with the selection is that 19 tracks is too little to include all essential songs. CD 1 is not for the fan, though: I own most official CDs (S + S&G), and CD 1 contains no news.

CD 2 contains 5 live tracks. The sound is very good. Personally, I have a preference for the American Tune version on Greatest hits, etc. (with the cello) - one of the few omissions in my collection (the beautiful melody of AT (except the bridge) is found 3-4 times in the Matthew Passion (?) of Bach, as well as in several of Bach's cantatas; it is common to credit Hans Leo Hassler as the originator of this melody, in ca. 1600). I always loved the lyrics of Duncan, and this is a fine live recording. The Coast also differs somewhat from other recordings, in particularly in the guitar playing. Mrs. Robinson is almost country, and is interesting. And Bridge with Aaron Neville is beautiful/different.

Since my own collection is nearly complete, I naturally miss the live track of American Tune from Greatest Hits, etc. Also missing is Thelma (from one of the collections), and Simon's contribution on a Philip Glass CD. (As well as the Paul Simon Songbook). Thus, CD 2 could preferably contain more tracks than the 5 tracks/25 minutes included.

Apart from this, the information about a new Paul Simon record during the spring of 2003 is welcome (p. 15 of the CD booklet). The purpose of the collection is probably also to work as advertising for the new album.

In sum: my rating is for a newcomer. A medium fan probably owns most tracks of CD 1, and perhaps doesn't care about live tracks and variations. A die-hard fan will enjoy the live tracks.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good (But Not Definitive) Overview of Paul Simon
This is the third (US-issued) compilation of Paul Simon, following 1977's "Greatest Hits, Etc." and 1988's "Love Songs and Negotiations". Did they get it right this time?

"The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin'" starts of with CD1 (19 tracks, 79 min.) that gives a pretty good overview of the singles and best known tracks. One place they really missed the mark is with the 2 songs from "The Rythm of the Saints": where is "The Obvious Child", the lead-off single and a genuine hit? There is also one song from the Broadway disaster "Songs from the Capeman", and the last 2 tracks are from the under-appreciated "comeback" album "You're The One". The (limited edition) CD2 (5 tracks, 25 min.) is the hidden gem on this compilation: 5 previously unavailable live tracks: from 1973 comes a crisp-sounding "American Tune" and an absolute outstanding "Duncan"; also included is "The Coast", and in a tip of the ol' hat, the last 2 acknowledge the Simon & Garfunkel legacy, with nice albeit very different sounding versions of "Mrs. Robinson" (somewhat country-like) and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (the latter a duet with Aaron Neville).

In all, not a bad collection at all. The bonus live CD is really what will attract most Paul Simon fans. For an even better collection of his career, check out the 1993 European-issued compilation called "The Paul Simon Anthology", a generous 2 CD collection that rightfully gives 15 tracks to the "Graceland" and "The Rythm of the Saints" albums. Simply outstanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars 19 Ways to enjoy good songwriting.
My first introduction to Paul Simon's solo career was through the 1988 collection "Negotiations and Love Songs," a decent collection of Paul Simon's solo career, albeit an incomplete one.
This new greatest hits package thankfully corrects some of the former's errors, by ommitting the ridiculous waste such as "Have a Good Time" and including selections from Paul Simon's Grammy award winning "Graceland."
What's more, the album is designed to flow wonderfully. Starting rightly with "Mother and Child Reunion," we are immediately given a taste of Paul Simon's craft at it's essence. There is obvious joy in the music, yet Simon has always been a master at the melancholy, splicing his carefully constructed music (borrowing from a wide pallette of music stylings) with lyrics that honestly portray life in all its stages.
Paul Simon is the type of artist you can grow old listening to, the type of musician you learn to appreciate with the years. THis collection puts his career in the appropriate context, picking up where Simon and Garfunkel left off and showing the best of what a dedicated songwriter has had to offer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Graceless profiteering
Just another clumsy but profitable release of Simon's music in
what is, seemingly, an endless chain of musical rubik's cube. Nietzsche's eternal recurrence made manifest in our lifetime. ... Read more


140. John Barleycorn Must Die [Bonus Tracks]
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Traffic's third studio album is also its third best, ranking below the band's superb second record (1968's Traffic) and its psychedelic debut (1968's Mr. Fantasy). The depth of those albums came from having two superior songwriters, Steve Winwood and Dave Mason; by John Barleycorn, Winwood was leading a trio that included Chris Wood on horns and Jim Capaldi on drums. Winwood now supplied guitar as well as keyboards, and songs such as "Glad" and "Freedom Rider" reflected the trio's fondness for instrumental jams. But the 1970 album is remembered most for the title tune, a traditional folk song blessed with one of the finest vocals of Winwood's long career. --John Milward ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Glad this is back
Whittled down to a trio Traffic solidered on with their finest album. Although not as catchy or commerical as their first two studio albums, JBMD captures the trio at their best. The music smoothly moves from folk to jazzy instrumentals without breaking a sweat. Winwood's vocals are among his best here. His impassioned vocals on Every Mother's Son bring the album to life.

Originally intended as a Steve Winwood solo album Capaldi and Wood offered their services during the recording of the album. The songs and playing meshed so well that Winwood, Capaldi and Wood decided to revive the Traffic name.

The remastering supervised by Bill Levenson is spectacular. Levenson always makes sure that there is considerable care put into all the projects he supervises. The sound is actually superior to the UK counterpart released last year. Levenson's version of JBMD doesn't sound as overprocessed as the British version of the album.

A couple of minor complaints about the UK release are, for the most part, taken care of on the US release. Although the song fragment I Just Want To Know is interesting why was it put in the middle of the UK release? It threw off the flow of the original album and actually detracted from the quality of it as well.

The bonus tracks are a fine addition to this already great album. The sound quality is great. The booklet informative but doesn't suffer from overkill.

5-0 out of 5 stars , TRAFFIC "JAMS"?? WINWOOD + RAY CHARLES = SOUL
As I mentioned in another review - Traffic's "When The Eagle Flies"- this recording "sold me" on Traffic in the early 70's. Steve Winwood's unabashed reverence for Ray Charles was "tempered" by his "ENGLISH SIDE", and the mixture of his love for American Jazz/R & B and Traditional English sounds is the secret of Traffic's success here. The Ray Charles influence in "Glad" soon becomes the more "Anglo-Jazzy" "Freedom Rider"- and the title song is an Old English folksong regaling the fermented brew! There was a time in rock musics history that Stevie Winwood when musics were creative, and the 3 Traffic releases--"John Barleycorn" , "Low Spark...", and "When the Eagle Flies" are great examples. Jazzy, thoughful melodies with competent musical execution ( though Jim Capaldi wasnt the drummer to set the world afire, and Chris Wood's flute playing was pleasantly adequate, his SAX performances were "borderline",a t best..) Traffic was RELIEF from the 3 chord miasma of rock "guitar hero boredom". Clapton, for example should have thanked his lucky star when Winwood agreed to form "Blind Faith" group (look at the drivel he churns up now as a stodgy middle aged rock relic- Winwood was "the guy" from that era in England, I believe . As for the other reviewer comparing the traffic cd to PHISH & the DEAD- this cd wasnt the extended jamfest he alludes to, cant figure out what he was referring to.The other cd, "Low Spark" , of course, featured the "endless piano solo that goes nowhere"(the title track, of course). And here the solo never developes at all, just meanders and takes up valuable listening time, much as many of the Dead's "jams", and I have to be honest, I dont listen to Phish, dont much LIKE 'EM! Buy it, you will love this cd!

5-0 out of 5 stars must have in your collection
I first heard this album when it was released. I have owned it and played it ever since. It is one of my top 3 favorite "desert island" albums. I own it in vinyl, cassette, and CD. Buy it. Now.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Traffic Gem
Times had changed by 1970 ... Dave Mason was off to a full solo career, Chris Wood had joined Ginger Baker's Airforce, and Capaldi was not so sure what he wanted to do, but had not yet decided to quit the drums and be a singer.
This is how this album begins, with only Stevie Winwood in the studio, having already penned a couple of songs -"Every Mothers Son" and, only included in this remastered version, "Sittin' Here Thinkin' of My Love"- and ready to record a solo album.
Anyway, that was the plan but was not what ended up happening. Instead, whatever the real reason was -several stories are told- soon enough Capaldi and Steve's brother, Chris Wood, joined him and this became Traffic third studio album.
Although Mason was gone -his contribution to Traffic's original sound and the two gems they recorded together can never be acknowledged enough- Winwood had enough music, feeling and ideas to carry the load and make "Barleycorn ..." a classic in its own right.
It can be said that although this is very much a Traffic album, it is more heavily dominated by Winwood's musical vision and playing than its predecessors.
There are two strong musical courses, running through Winwood's veins, coming naturally to a crossroads here, the ever-present Jazz/R&B that Winwood had been feeding off since the Spencer Davis Group's days, and his connection to the English Folk tradition.
Actually, when you think that it was recorded over thirty years ago, it is even a more astounding example of how "ahead-of -its-times" Traffic was and, even more conclusively, what a tremendous composer Winwood had already become at 22.
Traffic, as a whole, and this album in particular are, to this day, one of the beacons of popular music that has ever been recorded, even today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Um! Great!
Great album, it will stand next to Radiohead-OK Computer, Who-Who's Next, Beatles-Abbey Road and Red Hot Chili Peppers-Californication in my collection.

Maybe not, but it still is great. ... Read more


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