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141. Talking Book
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5-0 out of 5 stars Long Over-due Remastering Worth The Wait
At Last!Stevie Wonder's four "70's Power Albums" get a serious digital makeover.For years the CDs sounds as if they're from a fourth generation master,let alone the original album packaging being chopped up for its smaller predecessor.After hearing At The Close Of A Century and it remastered sound on many tracks,the treatment for Talking Book was around the corner.Not only does it sounds as if I'm in Electric Lady studios(among others) but the packaging includes the original notes,lyrics as well as the translation of the braile message originally inside the gatefold.As for the songs,the clavinets sounds more squashy(Maybe Your Baby)and sinister(Superstition),while the synths on Blame It On The Sun(my favorite song of all time)makes the sadness prevelent in the songs lyrics even more deeper.The jazz inflections in You've Got It Bad Girl and Lookin' For Another Pure Love sound sharper now making you wish Stevie play this type of music more often.You & I ,already remastered for the recent boxed set finally does away with the left channel glitch after the "Don't Worry What Happens To Me"line.Kudos to Harry Weinger for his research as well as Kevin Reeves for his remastering job.Now Talking Book speaks in a more beautiful sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stevie Wonder- Talking Book (1972, Universal)
Musical genius Stevie has made himself even more popular with the song 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life' & 'Superstition', but the main highlight songs here are 'You And I', 'Youve Got it Bad, Girl', 'Lookin For Another Pure Love' & 'Blame it On the Sun'. Almost with the same mood as "Music of My Mind" with some depressing, slow songs, Talking Book is the second Stevie CD in my collection and I love the album very much. It's very good and, like usual, is full of powerful messages, but not like 'Innervisions'. More people prefer "Innervisions" & "Songs in the Key of Life". My personal favorites are "You've Got it Bad, Girl", "You and I" & "Blame it on the Sun". "Blame it on the Sun" is the saddest song ever made in music history (with "Hero of Heroes" from the "Swordsman 2" movie starring Jet Li as being the second saddest song) & I cry and get very emotional every time I hear "Blame it on the Sun"!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stevie on 'The Next Level'
Having finally been allowed the freedom to record the kind of music he wanted to with 1971s 'Music Of My Mind', Stevie Wonder came back in 1972 to build on that foundation with 'Talking Book'.

This album is another great capsule of Wonders inventive & individual style. The man really had a style all to himself back then & with this album takes himself to the next level. 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life' is a classic love groove that kicks things off, and 'Superstition' rides one of the greatest guitar riffs that was ever recorded. From front to back the production is awesome, slick keyboard melodies & guitars, with bongo-based beats. My personal cut has to be the bouncy 'Maybe Your Baby', a great fonk number. 'Big Brother' is another inventive cut with its heavy drums and harmonica based groove.

Stevie Wonders sound is just undeniable to me. The man created an awesome body of work in the 70s and this is another of those classic Must Own albums.

5-0 out of 5 stars It don't get much better than this.
If you don't have this in your collection, BUY THIS ALBUM!!!

And then go straight to track 9 - Looking for another love.
If only I could write stuff like this. The structure and composition of this album is pure genius. Obviously Stevie was going through a tough time when he made this album, and every emotion comes through when he sings.

I love this album. It's one of those albums that you just never get tired of playing.

5-0 out of 5 stars I believe...
I first became interested in this music upon hearing the closing track to the film "High Fidelity," which is "I believe (&c)," the last track on this disc as well. I had heard "Superstition" before on the radio, and I liked the sound of that track as well. So I sprung for it, and it has become one of my favorite records (I orginally got it on vinyl, then on CD) of all time. While people tell me that "Innervisions" is the one essential Stevie release, with "Songs in the Key of Life" in second place, I put this one above both. It sounds rawer than either, more unpredictable, yet with a nice studio polish that can be expected from Stevie's work. It's a rock album as much as it is a soul album, and it can also be deeply political ("Big Brother" has new relevancy in the age of the erosion of our civil rights). It's full of feeling, love and creativity. It's really too bad Stevie couldn't keep this quality up after "Key of Life," but the fact that anyone could produce an album this consistently good is amazing. It's in my top-ten list folks, and may be in yours if you give it a chance. ... Read more

142. The Vogues - Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful mix of pop vocals and big band sound
During a glorious four-year run from 1965 through 1968, this unusual quartet took a sound too mellow for rock and too rich and flamboyant for pop and repeatedly pushed deep into the top forty, four times making the top ten.

The Vogues used a proven formula of updating vocal standards from the late 50s, successfully covering and in many way improving upon classics like "My Special Angel", "'Til", "Earth Angel" and "Moments to Remember."

Beyond the best known trio of "Turn Around, Look At Me", "You're the One" and "Five O'Clock World", this Rhino collection features marvelous second tier hits that are staggering in their intricate harmonies and lyrical beauty. "Magic Town", "Land of Milk and Honey" "Woman Helping Man" and the emotional "Please, Mr Sun" are all far better than your chart positions would indicate. There are even a number of songs here that didn't make the top 100, but prove that making the chart isn't anything. Listen to the moving "That's No Way to Say Goodbye" for proof that good material didn't always mean commercial success.

As with any Rhino collection, the sound on this disc is superb. The vocals and accompaniments are crystal clear and distinctly separate, with none of the muddiness found on so many remasters of mid and late-60s music.

This is the kind of music that makes you want to light the fire, turn off the lights and sit on the sofa with that special someone. Like the song says, you won't like this collection; "No, Not Much!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Melodic; superb vocal harmonies! A tour de force!
The Vogues are a band that I recently rediscovered, after having grown up in the 60's with the "Top 40" pop hits "Five O'Clock World" and "You're The One." As mainly a rock fan (in the 60's and continuing through to the present time), I had always thought of the Vogues as being too "middle of the road." But as I've gotten older and mellower in my tastes - and as I get more and more disappointed by the current offerings of pop music (rap, grunge, alternative, and all the other garbage), I have been searching for groups from the 60's and 70's that I might have overlooked at the time. The Vogues are a classic example of this - I never fully appreciated them until now. I have to say that I have not been as excited about a "rediscovered" group in quite a long time. All of the songs in the 51 minute CD are excellent. The four-part vocal harmonies and the musical production are top rate. Some of the songs are refreshingly sentimental, expressing values and feelings that might be considered to be of another, more innocent era - and I say "what is wrong with that?" We need a little more sentimentality and innocence in this society these days! In summary, I strongly recommend The Vogues Greatest Hits (Rhino Records) to all fans of melodic pop and rock music. You will not be disappointed. END

4-0 out of 5 stars Made For The Easy Listening Crowd
The Vogues and their gentle, harmonizing sound, were perfect for the Easy Listening [now Adult Contemporary] charts, created by Billboard in 1961 to provide a clear delineation between Rock and the music of people like Sinatra, Cole, Como, Day, Shore, and others of that ilk.

Often, however, an artist or group would demonstrate that their particular sound was not to be so easily slotted. The Vogues, a vocal quartet from Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, was one such group. Between 1965 and 1974 they scored 14 pop Hot 100 hit singles [6 for the Co & Ce label to 1966 and 8 for Reprise 1n 1968/69], and 18 on the Adult Contemporary [AC] charts [13 for Reprise, 2 for Bell, and 3 for 20th Century] from 1968 to 1974, often resurrecting old hits for their material.

In this 18-selection CD Rhino gives us 13 of those 14 pop hits [omitting only 1966's That's The Tune, which just barely made the Hot 100 at # 99 that December]. Beginning with Turn Around, Look At Me in 1968 [# 3 AC/# 7 pop], 8 of those would make the AC charts as well. From 1969 [See That Girl - # 13 AC] to 1974 [Prisoner Of Love - # 37 AC], their ten hits would chart only on the AC list [although three would "bubble under" on the Billboard pop charts.

Only one flipside appears here [True Lovers which backed The Land Of Milk And Honey in 1966], and they also give you one previously unreleased tune [track 6] and two that failed to chart on either the pop or AC charts [tracks 8 and 9].

We would have been better served had producer Bill Inglot left those three off and, in their place, added the missing pop hit mentioned above, along with See That Girl and Since I Don't Have You, which made it to # 8 AC in 1970. In fact, they should have gone to 26 tracks [the norm for outfits like Ace of London] and provided us with ALL their pop/AC hits.

The five pages of liner notes by Mike McDowell, Editor/Publisher of Blitz Magazine, and the additional photographs of the group are appreciated and, on the reverse, you get a partial discography of the contents showing original label details and the dates released, but no chart information.

One of their huge hits, Five O'Clock World [# 4 pop in late 1965], got new life when used over the credits on TV's The Drew Carey Show a few years back. A good album which could have been perfect with a more judicious approach to the contents.

5-0 out of 5 stars I always was a sucker for great harmony
Back in 1968, when I was 17 years old, most of my contemporaries were into music by people like Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Rolling Stones. While I enjoyed all kinds of music, my preference during that time was for much tamer music. In the summer of that year, The Vogues released "Turn Around, Look At Me" a remake of a relatively obscure Glen Campbell tune from several years earlier. I immediately fell in love with the song and the group. The Vogues had been around for awhile, having achieved significant chart success on Pittsburgh's Co&Ce label with songs like "You're The One", "Five O'Clock World" and "The Land of Milk and Honey". But this sound was different. Fifties rocker Ernie Freeman had become the producer/arranger for the group. His combination of lush production values and impeccable harmonies produced an incredibly pleasing sound that proved wildly successful. "Turn Around" was a huge hit for the group and was followed in swift succession by remakes of "My Special Angel", "Earth Angel", "Till", "Moments to Remember", "Green Fields" and others. I bought every one of these singles. In fact, I enjoyed the Vogues so much that I used to even play the flip sides frequently.
This collection from Rhino contains all of the Vogues singles from both the early Co&Ce years and the Reprise years. There is not a bad track on the disc! It is an absolute joy to listen to and I never get tired of hearing these songs. I realize that some people might find the material a bit too tame, but those who dig great harmony are sure to enjoy this fine collection. A big thumbs up!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best group ever
The Vogues had an incredible sound and talent. This album contains their hits, but their best album is "Turn Around Look at Me." The only negative about the Vogues is that for reasons I can't know, they insisted on updating songs done before by vocal groups. This is probably why they faded in the early 70's. But they continue to be my favorite group of all time. ... Read more

143. The Very Best of Dusty Springfield [Polygram]
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Dusty Springfield's voice is one of the great pop instruments. Showcasedhere on 20 tracks from her '60s and early-'70s heyday, her sensuality andstrength wrap themselves around everything from big-beat rock and roll like"I Only Want to Be With You" and "Stay Awhile" to seductivemasterworks like "Son of a Preacher Man" and "The Look ofLove." Very Best ends with a vulnerable reading of the CaroleKing/Gerry Goffin taking-stock anthem "Goin' Back"--a rarity in theStates, where it appeared only briefly. It's great to hear it here. --RickeyWright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The songs are sometimes weak - but what a singer!
Let's be honest. Over the years, Dusty Springfield has recorded some really bad songs. Nevertheless she rarely made a bad record. Her voice was so beautiful and expressive that, like Billie Holiday before her, she repeatedly spun dross into gold. Listen to what she does, on this CD, with lightweight, bouncy pop songs like "I Only Want To Be With You," "All Cried Out," and "Little by Little." The songs are forgettable trifles, but once you listen to Dusty Springfield sing them, you won't be able to get them out of your head. And while you're listening, they just sound like classic 60s soul.

This album is an excellent introduction to the wide range of her work. What other singer could go from big Italianate ballads like "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" and "The Look of Love," to the deep soul of "Son of a Preacher Man," "In The Middle of Nowhere," "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself," and "Some of Your Lovin"? Only a few of those songs were really hits, but all of them should have been.

The last song on the album is a real find. "Goin' Back" is wonderful, wise, Goffin-King ballad - it could easily have fit on on Carole King's Tapestry - about growing older and looking back on your life. Never having heard it before, I assumed it was one of Springfield's final songs. I was surprised to discover she recorded it in 1966. The depth she sang with while only in her mid-twenties is astonishing.

4-0 out of 5 stars From Tenderness To Triumph, Dusty Did It All
The recent passing of Dusty Springfield spurred a recent surge of interest in her music. The surge is welcome, for more people can experience just how good a singer she was, such as in this compilation of 20 of her best.

The album opens with what is unquestionably one of the best songs ever done by anyone, I Only Want To Be With You. Backed by Ivor Raymond's stellar orchestra, Dusty fires off an exhilarating number with power and excitement combined with tenderness - a mixture reminscent of her contemporaries, Mike Smith and Petula Clark.

Wishin' and Hopin' downshifts to sly playfulness and displays her ability to segue from mood to mood, a knack further displayed in such disparate numbers as the bombastic You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, the flirty Son Of A Preacher Man, the desperate What's It Gonna Be, the steadfast Monty Norman-esque (listen for the distinctive James Bond riff throughout this number) classic All Cried Out (contemporary divas like Shania Twain and LeAnn Rimes can't come close to projecting the power Dusty displays here), and the Motown-flavored In The Middle Of Nowhere.

Half the joy of these numbers is the sheer power of Ivor Raymond's orchestra, mixing rock 'n roll riffs with strings and horns seemingly more suited to a movie soundtrack.

Sheer joy is the best description of this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars a light dusting
This compilation is aptly titled 'the very best of Dusty Springfield' (the lack of capitalization conveys more than a subliminal meaning...), rather than 'Dusty Springfield's Greatest Hits', since Dusty had only a handful of true hit songs. Given the magnetic appeal of her voice, something akin to a sultry Karen Carpenter, it is nothing short of tragic that more of the great composers of the era did not see fit to adorn their best work with her prodigious talent. The most glaring oversight in this regard was Burt Bacharach and Hal David choosing Lesley Gore to record their timeless compositon 'The Look of Love'. Two years later, in 1967, Dusty corrected that error, and she had slightly better success on the charts than Gore with that same song. Her version stands as the centerpiece of this collection, a truly magical blend of writing and performing genius. This one song is worth the price of any Dusty CD it appears on.

There are other memorable moments included here, whether you remember them or not, ranging from Dusty's first hit, released in the UK in late 1963, the bubbly 'I Only Want To Be With You', to her final top-40 US hit, 1969's 'A Brand New Me'. The UK charts were more sympathetic to their homegrown diva than overseas, despite the fact that Dusty's delivery lacked even a hint of a British accent. 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me', Springfield's only UK number one, and had it not been for her British Invasion brethren The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, a US number one (but as it turned out, a number 3 hit), is included here. But by and large Dusty was forced to record substandard compositions, squandering her talent. 'Wishin' and Hopin', 'Son of a Preacher Man', 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' (another Bacharch/David number), and a Gerry Goeffin/Carole King composition, 'Goin' Back', are the remaining highlights among the 20 offerings. It is to Dusty's credit that she could take mediocre material such as 'Stay Awhile' and 'Some of Your Lovin' and make it worth more than one listen.

One other cavaet that must be considered for those delving into the world of Dusty: this woman ascribed to the stereotype of the dependent female, ala Tammy Wynette standing by her man. While even the musical 'progressives' of the era fell victim to sexism (consider The Beatles 'Getting Better' or The Rolling Stones 'Under My Thumb'), some may consider Dusty's willingness to play second fiddle an annoyance. On the other hand, if you consider her gender depreciation as symptomatic of the era, something of a history lesson, you should be able to get beyond this to indulge in the workings of her vocal cords rather than her psyche.

The liner notes establish the timeline for these 20 selections as spanning roughly the same time period as 'Meet the Beatles' to 'Abbey Road'. It is ironic to consider the varied musical directions traveled by The Beatles during that time period as contrasted to the middle-of-the-road consistency in the music of Dusty Springfield. All the radical changes of the 1960's left little mark on her. Thus, since Dusty's style changed so little, there is little need for a chronological sequencing of her music in this compilation. 'Son of a Preacher Man' was recorded in 1968, yet is the fifth selection on this CD, while 'Guess Who?', from 1964, chimes in as the 17th (imagine 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' following 'Revolution'....). Despite how her obviously rabid fans may want to portray the depth and breadth of her music, Dusty's style didn't change any more than her beehive hairdo as she chased after the image of her muse, Peggy Lee.

Dusty passed from the music scene, for all practical purposes, by the 1970's, and her final passing from breast cancer took her talents away from us permanently in 1999. It is a great tragedy that her remarkable vocal talent was never completely tapped while she was in her prime. And the beauty of her voice was matched by the beauty of her appearance, making lines such as "just do it, and after you do, you will be his" from 'Wishin' and Hopin', or "the only man who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man" more than simple words to any red-blooded male.

5-0 out of 5 stars We've been beautifully blended
The '60s/'70s era started its merge of cultures. Professionals such as Dusty better opened our minds (and ears) to the musical talents and interests of others. In effect, she transformed rock and roll to British pop and soul: a beautiful combination! Then a "modern day version," so to speak, of R & B. Definitely a perfectionist in her recordings. One song I especially enjoy, "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten," has a rhythmicity that keeps you on your toes. Aside from the beat, it's a beautiful tune fluctuating in scale from sharp to minor. "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" and "What's it Gonna Be?"--these tunes almost bring a comfort to loneliness from the melodic standpoints. This is the only CD I have ever owned on which every tune is one worth listening to...over and over again!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of her sixties solo music
Many people think Dusty Springfield is Britain's finest-ever female pop singer and this compilation goes a long way to show why she has so many fans.

While Dusty was less successful in America than in Britain, she had some notable American successes, occasionally having hits with songs that were not hits for her in Britain. However, this compilation is very strong - the track listing is not very different from what you would find on a typical British compilation, so this will appeal to all customers. Expatriate Brits living in America will find most of what they want here and may therefore not need to import a UK compilation at a premium price.

The big international hits are here, of course, including I only want to be with you, I just don't know what to do with myself, You don't have to say you love me and Son of a preacher man, all of them huge hits in Britain and America. Stay awhile, All I see is you, Give me time and I'll try anything were also hits in both countries for Dusty, though not as big. Wishing and hoping, an American top ten hit for Dusty, is also included. It was not a UK hit for her - the Merseybeats had the UK hit.

All cried out, What's it gonna be, The look of love and A brand new me were American hits that did not chart for Dusty in Britain. I close my eyes and count to ten, In the middle of nowhere, Some of your loving, Little by little and Going back were major British hits that failed to chart in America (the first two bubbled under) but they are great songs and it's good to see them included here. Losing you, another major British hit, made the American top 100, but did not climb very far, peaking at 91. Guess who failed to chart in either country though it bubbled under in America.

One missing song that I might have expected to find here is Windmills of your mind, an American top forty hit. You can find it on Ultimate collection, along with some other songs not included here, including one track pre-dating her solo music and some later stuff. But if you just want her sixties solo music, this is the best American compilation out there, and it's just as good as any of the British compilations I've seen. ... Read more

144. Hot August Night
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hot August Night drips with energy.
Anyone else looking for real music should look at Neil Diamond. I am a Neil Diamond fan. My admiration for the Man, the Singer and his Music is unconditional. Being a product of the '70s rock culture, I never saw Neil Diamond as a rock artist. His songs came to me as folk, country, pop and some gospel. I guess this is the reason why I was able to adjust to Diamond's transition to musical progressions. I love his ballads and I just go crazy listening to them.

Hot August Night is probably the best live concert ever recorded. The intensity is sustained all throughout the performance, electrifying his audience and listeners alike, making this record drip with so much energy. The intro, "Prologue", is a killer tune. It is a masterpiece. Just listen to it build up to a climax as it gets layered into an atmosphere of strings, keyboards, acoustics and percussions (the sound is greatly improved on the remaster--crisp sounding). It is a majestic piece. Sure, Neil has those songs with corny titles and lyrics to it (i.e. "Soggy Pretzels", "You're So Sweet Horseflies Keep Hangin' Round Your Face", "Crunchy Granola Suite", "Porcupine Pie", and even "Song Sung Blue"), but aren't artist allowed to tease and have fun?

"I Am... I Said", "Morningside" and "Canta Libre" are some of the more emotional tracks of the set as Neil Diamond takes you to one moving song to another as he connects with his audience through songs and banter. While "Holly Holy" (a definite favorite of mine), and definitely the best version compared to the stale and thin sounding original studio recording off the Touching You, Touching Me album, sets the tone and pace as the show climaxes to a thunderous end to some of Neil's percussive moments on the album. The big climax of "Holly Holy" sees Neil Diamond exploding into dramatic rage and passion (this is repeated on the closer "Brother Love's..."), making this a high point of the album. "Holly Holy" is a very beautiful song and a masterpiece as well. Band and orchestra should be applauded here. This leads into a quieter, almost solemn intro into "I Am... I Said" (the calm before the storm) that builds up into a huge emotional burst, full-orchestra, keys and percussions kicking into the music. The Walk Off as orchestra and band explode to a built up "I Am... I Said" instrumental before everything breaks loose as nonstop percussions rumble into "Soolaimon/Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" medley. What a listening experience this brings on repeated play. As the band and orchestra encores to the tune of "Brother Love's...", I stay glued, still, onto my seat, moved by it all like I where in that concert, wishing that it never ended--it always feels that way with me. Musicianship is topnotch and cohesive, and yes, special mention has to be given to drummer Dennis St. John for his amazing distinct and tireless work all throughout. (The first time I ever heard "Holly Holy" playing on the radio in the early '70s was by Hugo Montenegro. I did not even know Neil Diamond existed, but even when I finally discovered Neil, it was the Hugo Montenegro cover that became my measure of that song's beautiful style. The Touching You, Touching Me original version, despite the strings has a poor and uneven mix, and the Gold (first ND live record) version is raw and simple with only electric guitar, bass and drums as backup instruments.)

The beauty about Hot August Night is that all of the songs Neil performed are his original compositions. He got to do this again the last time when he recorded Love At The Greek after the Beautiful Noise album. In retrospect, I wish Neil also sang in this concert "High Rolling Man" (I love the piano riffs on this one), "Captain Sunshine" (beautiful lyrics and melody) and "Lordy" (beautiful melody and beat). Incidentally, I read years ago that the string section was used on this particular night only for the recording purposes of this show.

If you are a Neil Diamond fan but don't own Hot August Night yet, get it. It is worth more than the countless ridiculous ND greatest hits and compilations that are being released faster than you could say "You're So Sweet Horseflies Keep Hangin' Round Your Face". If you are not a Neil Diamond fan yet but are contemplating on becoming one, Hot August Night is definitely the best start for you (though In My Lifetime and Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings are also well recommended for their sheer historical overview of Neil Diamond's music), mind you, this concert was recorded in 1972, so you should know what Neil Diamond songs to expect from that era--timeless classics. What were you expecting me to say?

As for Dave Barry's inclusion of "I Am.. I Said" to the "Worst Songs Ever" list, who cares? That is his opinion and he can keep it. Like most of us, we also have our opinions and "I Am... I Said" is a song with profound lyrical content--a true masterpiece.

5-0 out of 5 stars Red Hot Diamond
The first exposure I ever got of Neil Diamond was to HOT AUGUST NIGHT.It was a certainty on long car trips.The passing 27 years (and some pretty substandard Neil Diamond releases) have only intensified my love for this live document.This release marks the end of Brill Building era Neil and sets the stage for JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL and beyond.From the orchestral intro to the rocking encores,Diamond has this LA crowd jumping out of their Greek Theater seats(and out of the trees) and into his hands. Unlike some of his later live releases,showmanship is replaced by true feeling.It is as if on tracks like HOLLY HOLY,CRACKLIN'ROSIE SOOLAIMON,and MORNINGSIDE Neil has experienced all that he has sung about and wants to share the experiences with the audience. The "theatrical moments"(CANTA LIBRE,BROTHER LOVE'S TRAVELLING SALVATION SHOW,SOGGY PRETZELS)are performed with gusto.Neil croons,roars and jokes with abandon.The band is caught up in the moment and provide a magical backup.Special mention must go to his drummer Dennis St John who puts overpowering energy into his playing,which rivals the great Ronnie Tutt(ex-Elvis Presley Band and current Neil Diamond Band member).After this ,Diamond took a three year "retirement" from the concert scene.For pure excellence and energy,put this release on and take a mind trip back to that HOT AUGUST NIGHT at the Greek Theater.Who knows,you too might become one of the "tree people"!

5-0 out of 5 stars fernominal by Mike Gee
This guy is fernominal. Take yer cap off to this guy. Well, lets see, I like every song on this album. I have it on vinyl and havent bought the CD yet cos my money is tied up in real estate. I highly recommend this as a feature in your dining room. Eh eh eh...

Gee, what else can I say about this. Red Red Wine, much more fernominal that the U240 version.(...)

5-0 out of 5 stars A serious lesson in music and sound production
Folks, no matter what you're musical persuasion and even if you don't have any, you should have this in your collection.
If you know of a better piece of work by any artist I wanna know!

Down the years my tastes have drifted to the likes of Vangelis, classical, you name it.. Still I have come back to this album again and again. It's a magnificent blend of energy and beauty and I aggree that it is rare that you find a live performance so good. It will serve music history as "Citizen Kane" has served film history. Well maybe that's an overstatement but I'm not sure..
Now there's just one thing I am dying to know - when will we ever get to buy this gem on video/DVD? Were those "Hot August Nights" even captured on film at all?

Finally, if anyone attended these concerts back in '72 I would dearly appreciate if they sent me an email -

5-0 out of 5 stars His best album...
This was the second album I ever bought. Considering it is a live album the production qualities are as good as any studio album.

The highlights on this album are the show stopping rendition of Brother Love, the best version he has done on any album. Song sung blue sung live, Cherry Cherry and it's infectious beat. Red Red wine country style. Soggy pretzels. Girl you'll be a woman soon. There are many more I could mention.

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145. Rick Nelson - Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Rick Nelson
Rick Nelson was a TV personality before becoming a "teen idol". He established a pattern, followed by a number of other young TV personalities (Shelley Fabares, Johnny Crawford, etc.), by using his TV visibility as a springboard to the recording studio. Nelson, however, was easily the most musically talented and ultimately the most successful of the lot. Through the late 1950's and early 1960's he had a string of "Top-40" hits that established him as one of the leading recording artists of the time. His number one single, "Travelin' Man", dominated radio play for months in the spring and summer of 1961 and was a staple at school dances (it was my eighth grade year). Despite achieving enormous success at an early age, however, Nelson struggled to be taken seriously as an artist. Buried, along with many other artists of the time, when the Beatles turned the music world upside down, his later work was largely ignored by a more mature public that seemed to want him to forever remain the quintessential "teen idol". Nevertheless, he continued recording and performing until he was killed in a plane crash in 1985. Now a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has begun to receive some of the recognition he deserves.

This "Greatest Hits" CD is a super collection. You get Rick's essential tunes, including "She Belongs To Me" and "Garden Party" (his last chart appearances, the only ones recorded with the Stone Canyon Band, and among my personal favorites). Other great "golden oldies" include "Stood Up", "Believe What You Say", "Poor Little Fool", "It's Late", "Just A Little Too Much", "Travelin' Man", "Hello Mary Lou", and more. Most also feature James Burton, Rick's great lead guitarist.

This is probably the most complete set available on a single disc for a single-disc price. It has the major hits from Nelson's vintage years and is especially well-suited to casual fans or those looking for an introduction to his work. If you have an interest in American pop/rock music from the pre-Beatles era, this collection is a must.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Collection; Good Intro to Rick Nelson
This is a pretty good collection of Rick Nelson songs. Or should we say, "Ricky" Nelson songs, since most of these recordings are from his teen idol days. Still, they give you a very good taste of what made him popular, and the recordings are outstanding. Most of the big hits are there, but if you're a fan of his later work, you'll be disappointed. That's why I'm not giving it 5 stars. "Garden Party" and "She Belongs to Me" are the only Stone Canyon Band era songs on this collection. Nonetheless, it's a good introduction if you want to become familar with an artist whose reputation is growing more and more each year after his untimely death. For me, this will be what I'm listening to until I get his "Legacy" box set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rick is the greatest
Rick Nelson is one of the greatest, but also one of the most overlooked singers around. His songs are as famous as his name and family tree. This collection contains most of Rick's greatest hits like "Fools Rush In","For You", "Travelin' Man", "Hello Mary Lou", and many more. I encourage you to buy this CD if you are a fan of Rick Nelson or just a music lover in general. He's Great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Compilation Of Rick's Illustrative Career!
Rick Nelson is one of the least celebrated and yet most profoundly memorable of all the rock stars of the late fifties and early sixties. His work spanned a time frame that included a lot of rock greats, and yet he stood shoulder to shoulder to them in delivering a phenomenal string of successes which no one other than Elvis Presley could keep pace with in his time. Yet today he is often seen in less than flattering terms, even though he is likely one of the greatest balladeers of the day. Anyone taking a good listen to such songs as "Lonesome Town", "Young World' and ""Never Be Anyone Else But You" can hardly deny his powerful and sensitive voice as a perfect vehicle for the songs. Unfortunately, Nelson is too often treated as more of a star than an artist.

Yet all of the proof of his ability is here in a collection of his greatest hits, which range from the early "Stood Up" to the more complex and appealing "Travelin' Man". There is quite a range of work here, from "Waiting In School" to "Be-bop Baby", from "Poor Little Fool" to "It's Late", and from "Hello, Mary Lou" to "Believe What You Say". My favorites here are a rocking rendition of "Just A Little Too Much", with some terrific guitar licks by his preferred studio back-up man, James Burton, and "Teenage idol", which shows Rick to considerable advantage later in his recording career. He later did some great covers of songs by everyone from Eric Andersen (a personal friend of Nelson's) to Dylan's "She Belongs to Me" to his own "Easy To Be Free" and "Garden Party". With a career that spanned more than thirty years before his untimely demise in an airplane crash, Rick Nelson remains one of rock's most under-appreciated artists.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Sampler
From his first Top 40 hit in 1957 to his last in 1972 this is a superb beginning to anyone interested in Rick Nelson. Only 2 of his Top 10 hits are missing (57's "A Teenager's Romance" and 62's "It's Up To You") but all his other Top 10's are here. Hard-core Nelson fans might find a favorite track missing, but this is geared for the Nelson novice, and succeeds on that level. Up-to-date liner notes, photos and chart information make this an ideal sampler. If you want to venture further into his career pick up the Legacy Box Set which goes from 1957-1985. If that's too much than 3 budget compilations will do the trick: Legendary Masters Vol. 1 and 2 go up to 1963. While the out-of-print (but easy to find used) Best of 63-75 covers the rest. P.S. Also try the remastered Ricky Sings Again/Songs By Ricky (Capitol 1959) just in case you're wondering if Nelson could cut it for a whole album (he could). ... Read more

146. Reloaded: Greatest Hits
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Tom Jones all but invented saucy power pop back before the sixties even started to swing when his second single "It's Not Unusual" rocketed up the UK charts in 1965. After that initial triumph the singer never looked back, tying his hair back with a thin black ribbon and putting some rather expressive body English into his stage moves, which assured that the stage floor would be routinely pelted with various undergarments pitched by enthusiastic fans. Almost four decades later both Jones and his audience are no less fervent as Wales' second-most famous export runs through his extensive and varied songbook, still imbuing his old chestnuts like "What's New Pussycat?" and "Delilah" with a sense of naughty fun and irony. But Jones is at his best while giving the latest generation of rockers a run for their money, as he pairs up with the likes of Wyclef Jean, the Sterophonics, Art of Noise, the Cardigans, and Mousse T; as he overhauls staid tired standards like "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" or "Baby It's Cold Outside" with his arch humor and gutsy delivery. Prince's "Kiss" crackles with an inner light that even the great Minneapolis savant didn’t intend, while his duet with Portishead is as cold and disturbing as a grave. A must have album. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tom Jones proves he still has it!
This is a wonderful cd and a must have for all Tom Jones fans.It
includes some of Tom's older songs with the perfect blend of his
newer ones.Sexbomb and Kiss are both destined to become Tom Jones classics.My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing Tom in
Las Vegas a couple of years ago.Trust me,Tom is still "Burning
Down the House"

4-0 out of 5 stars The voice, the man, the power...
Okay, I'm not a long-time Tom Jones fan. In fact, I like country music (which is why I absolutely loved "Green, Green Grass of Home," by the way). However, Tom Jones is one of those guys who transcends genres. And I'm living proof that even a country boy knows how to get it on!

Okay, after that corny statement (I'm not too sure what it means, either), let me tell you about the music of this CD. If you're a Tom Jones fan, this review is probably pointless; you know the quality of the music you're going to get, and you're anxious to get it. If you're new, like me, then you might want to read on.

The album's three best (in my opinion) are: "It's Not Unusual" (of course), "Kiss" (a little pop, but hey, he's versitile), and "Sometimes We Cry" (a duet with Van Morrison, a stellar performance from both men).

Okay. I won't go into each song by detail; there's 19 of them, and that could take a while. Let me just describe to you the range of styles this man has: from the classics "She's a Lady" and "What's New Pussycat," to the pop "Kiss," to the rockers "Mama Told Me Not To Come" and "Burning Down the House," to the hiphop of "Tom Jones International" and "Black Betty," to the country of "Green Green Grass of Home" and "Without Love," to the blues of "Motherless Child." He even gets a little spy action with the theme to "Thunderball."

Quite a guy.

Except for the Van Morrison duet, Jones is best when he's on his own. Still, you should enjoy these songs; they're timeless, they're priceless, and they are truly classics. Tom Jones: one heck of a performer, one heck of a guy, one dandy album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something about a nearly 60 year old singing Sex Bomb...
is a little weird. He's now 60, but almost was when he recorded that song. It works. This album is full of great tunes that showcase his unique voice. The duets that he features here from his album "Reloaded" were hits in the UK, and sound great. I like the old stuff here. "She's A Lady" sounds great today as it ever did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tom Jones is truly living legend.
We loved this album. The duets were wonderful and when Tom and Van Morrison get going there is nothing better..

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT STUFF!!!!!!!!
Tom Jones has one of the best voices of the last 40 years. I wish he had done a duet with his pal Elvis Presley!Great cd! ... Read more

147. The Very Best of Badfinger
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not bad; now how about a box set?
This CD provides a workmanlike overview of the band's career on both the Apple and Warner Brothers labels. For new or casual fans who only want the biggest hits, it's probably an ideal compilation. And while the song selection isn't as deep as that of the previous "Best Of" CDs (there's really no excuse for them not filling the disc out at a full 78 minutes, BTW), the sound quality is noticably improved with the newer, 24-bit remastering.

One can't help wondering, however, when (or if) Apple/EMI plan to issue a box set on this great band. With three or four full-length discs, they could provide a truly definitive overview of Badfinger's finest moments AND include more of the rare and/or unreleased tracks that fans crave. Perhaps this new disc is the opening salvo of a full-blown reissue campaign by Apple and WB. One can always hope...

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Okay.
I'll begin by saying that I have very mixed feelings about this collection. As a single-disc compilation, it is obviously not as comprehensive as the two previous volume of "The Best of Badfinger". On the other hand, it does condense their Apple and Warner Brother years onto one tidy disc for the first time ever. For anybody who's never really experienced Badfinger, this collection is probably a good place to start. Yes, many people have heard several of the hits before, but they don't know who sang them. Play this at any gathering and I guarantee that everybody will know at least two or three of these songs (you may even create some new Badfinger fans).

Now for the critique...

The compilers pretty much culled all of the essential tracks from their album as the Iveys and from their first album as Badfinger (except for maybe "Crimson Ship" from _Magic Christian Music_) The same goes for the tracks from their second album, _No Dice_. One can never tire of the likes of "No Matter What" or "We're for the Dark". The inclusion of the "rare" "I'll Be the One" is a nice surprise.

The selections from _Straight Up_ and _Ass_ are, however, highly suspect. Yes, we have "Day After Day", "Baby Blue" (simply the best power-pop song ever recorded by anyone), and "When I Say". But what possessed the producers to replace the majestic piano-driven _Straight Up_ take of "Name of the Game" with a highly inferior guitar-based recording from the same sessions? This is NOT the way for the casual listener to be introduced to such a great song!

As for _Ass_, why does Capitol insist on mistreating this highly underrated album so much?! First, they choose not to reissue it in the U.S., then they practically ignore it on this collection. "When I Say" is a great song, but what about "Apple of My Eye", "I Can Love You", or "Timeless"?

The big news here, of course, is the inclusion of several WB tracks, all of which are worth the price of admission, especially "Love Time" and the stunning medley "Meanwhile at the Ranch/Should I Smoke".

I recommend this collection to anyone who's never really heard Badfinger aside from there few hits. From here, though, the listener is advised to check out their individual albums, especially _Straight Up_, _Ass_ (good luck!), and _Wish You Were Here_.

1-0 out of 5 stars Is That Carrot Top?
With such hits like "Come And Get It," "Day After Day," and "Baby Blue," Badfinger (whatever that means) is certainly a band that was capable of making good music. Unfortunatley the only thing they'll be remembered for is the fact that they are one of the ugliest bands of all-time, capped off that their drummer looks like the not-so-funny prop comic Carrot Top.

4-0 out of 5 stars The essential tracks are here...
Badfinger perfectly captured the sound and attitude of the popular music of the time. Indeed, many of these songs are as good as anything released in the early 1970s (Come and Get It, Day After Day, No Matter What). The band also had a way with a Beatle-esque ballad (as evidenced by the hit Without You, and Carry On Til Tomorrow). Not all of the material on this collection is as strong, and some tracks (like Apple of my Eye) are noticibly absent - but that's a common complaint when evaluating "Best Of" compilations. The essenial tracks are here, and there should be enough to keep you rocking for a long time. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Badfinger Compilation
This new Badfinger compilation contains both Apple and Warner tracks. Undoubtedly this album will be a good appetizer and a good place for "newcomers" to start, All the hits are here and most of the immediately catchy songs too. Good to see Pete Ham so well-represented; and also great that "I'll Be The One" , the great lost single, is included. Obviously there are many great songs left out. I would like to have seen "Apple of My Eye", "Blind Owl", "Shine On", "Know One Knows" and some of the great "Head First"-tracks included ( "Keep Believing", "Lay Me Down", Mr Manager", "Moonshine" etc, ) . Also a bit disappointing that that none of the great still unreleased Apple tracks were not included as bonus-tracks. ( e.g. "Sing For The Song" and "Baby Please"). Still a great release ... Read more

148. A-1-A
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Jimmy Buffett's albums are almost always happily hedonistic, but every now and then even he admits that there's hell to pay for all the high jinks. On A1A, an album named for the coastal highway that ends just blocks from the singer's onetime home in Key West, Florida, that realization comes in the form of "A Pirate Looks at Forty" and "Trying to Reason with the Hurricane Season," which acknowledge the onset of a king-size hangover. Buffett offers some hair of the dog on "Presents to Send You" and "Life Is Just a Tire Swing," however, and there's a nice selection of other tracks as well, including the lovely waltz "Nautical Wheelers" and "Door Number Three," a hilarious if somewhat dated song about the long-lost game show Let's Make a Deal. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD, I think its his best of the 70's
A1A is my personal favorite album of buffett in the 70's. I split his albums into the three decades he has recorded in and this one just might even be his best album ever. Door No. 3, Migration, Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season, A Pirate Looks At 40, and Tin Cup Chalice are songs that will take you away to key west while you are sitting in your living room chair. Its very easy to listen to and its not one of those where you only like a few songs, this one you just pop it in and listen to it for hours, if you are a ParrotHead and don't have this album, GET IT!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Jimmy's Very Best
A1A gives us Jimmy Buffett at his very best as a songwriter, country singer, and philosopher. As many of Buffett's most loyal fans agree, his earliest work is his best work. A1A to many is the Holy Dogma of Buffett albums. A1A gives us Jimmy Buffett the philosopher. Every track is golden and worth a very careful listen, but some highlights are Tin Cup Chalice and Migration. Bits of wisdom can be found everywhere, these songs show Jimmy is an expert in life and living. This album may not be for the fledgling Parrothead who loves the upbeat neo-Caribbean Jimmy Buffett song like Margaritaville and Volcano. This album is for the reflective philosopher that can sit back, listen to a thought-filled country tune, sip a Corona, and understand leisure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ain't no Parrothead
I've been listening to Jimmy since the mid-70's, seen him in concert several times and I ain't no parrothead. By my reckoning he hasn't released a decent album since Coconut Telegraph, although I do like his remake of Browneyed Girl.

The second side of A1A (I wore out a couple of vinyl albums playing this side back in the day when music came on large black "CDs") is my favorite side of all JB albums. This album hardly left my tape player back in college. Migration and Trying to Reason with Hurrican Season are my favs.

It was quite late in my life before I too had been "west of New Orleans or east of Pensacola" (I'm from Alabama and now live in China)and I'll always be a Jimmy fan, even if his lawyers sued a little ol' bar in the Philippines for using the name "Margaritaville".

4-0 out of 5 stars A bumpy ride turns serene.
A themematic album Buffett takes you on a ride through the sights and sounds of south Florida in the early 70's just on the edge of the burgeoning tourist seasons to come. My short review of this album is that the disc starts out a little unfocused and loose but by song 6 Buffett is in fine form producing one of the best albums of his long career. The roots of the album are deeply country and honky tonk surely influenced by Buffetts early performaces in bars throughout the deep south.

"Makin' music for money" a great opener to the album, a honky tonk flavored early proclamation to one of Jimmy Buffetts musical style. That despite whats "popular" and "commercial" he is going to make music that appeals to him and that he enjoys. Unfortnately this song is followed up by what this reviewer considers the weakest cut of the album. The country ballad/novelty song "Door Number 3". In comparison to other songs on the album it easily could have been excluded only to the benefit the album. Thankfully it is followed by a cover of Barletts "Dallas" where in the smooth hand of Doyle Grishams steel guitar almost floats and flows along the accompaniment of the Coral Reefer Band. Buffet follows it with "Presents to send you" a mid tempo folksy trip that really puts the the weakness of "Door Number 3" behind. The song rides a real rhythm of mid tempo and a fast tempo song. In an age of looking for any chance to break out and showcase Buffett shows that song writers talent for staying in control. And instead of a cliched self indulgent jam session that many of the southern rock/country artists of that time would inevitably go into. He writes a well structured song and he and his musicians are able to flourish with in the boundries of the song. Buffett pulls aside to rest with in the shelter of of a nother cover song of "The stories we could tell" (it begs to wonder if there is any southern band that doesn't do this song?). While nothing wrong with the song when compared to the preceding songs its a a bit disappointing. Its just kind of "there". Tempo change to "Life is just a tire swing" a bit of a novelty a bit ballad...the sweet reminisce of the ealry days of growing up in the song saves the song from becoming "Door Number 3". the last 2 songs seem almost a stumble to the pace that had been established. The album turns a definite corner with the Jimmy Buffett standard "A pirate looks at 40" the escapst anthem of the middle aged man. Highlights of the song being the harmonica accompainment of Fingers Taylor and soft background vocals that texture the bittersweet lyrics. "Migration" an up tempo folk song...the playful lyrics and wander steel make this song a forgotten gem on this album and states another Buffet music axiom "Got a Carribean soul I can barely control and some texas hidden here in my heart." Switching back to his ballads "Tryin' to reason with the hurricane season." makes for a sweet transition...understated guitars and vivid lyrics put you one the beach looking for the impending storms with a calm, subtle resignation. "Tryin' to reason" almost seems to melt into "Nautical Wheelers" changing from one ballad to the next from folk to country. Its rare that and album that an album so heavy in it s ballad can be so strong but Jimmy Buffett pulls it off...very well. The trip of A-1-A winds up in Mallory Square in Key West with the sunset. "Tin Cup Chalice" puts the salt on the margarita glass. A slow tempo but uplifting conclusion to the album. If making a collection of classic albums or an introductory fan to Jimmy Buffett this CD is a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Buffet Album Ever?
I first got this album from my fathers old record collection. I had heard the Jack Johnson cover of A pirate looks at 40, and had wanted to hear the original. Once i got listening to the record i coundnt stop. personally i think side B of the original vinyl is the greatest side ever cut. surprisingly i seem to be one of the few ppl who actually likes the song "Trying to reason with hurricane season" its probably the greatest hangover/quiet reflective song of all time. This is a great album from a truley great artist. ... Read more

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Are Iceland’s Sigur Rós the saviors of 21st-century rock or true heirs to the silk-robed-and-platform-booted, pompous progressive rock of the '70s? On their third album (first for a major label), they are a little bit of both. The group continues to mix the most interesting aspects of U2 (the anthem), Low (the maximalist slow-mo thing), Radiohead (the utter lack of irony in the quest to make meaningful art for stadium crowds), and My Bloody Valentine (guitar as texture), while not sounding like anyone else on this planet. The average song length on the eight untitled tracks is eight minutes, with cascades of moaning, bowed guitars colliding with low-end keyboards while the lovely, alien-registered vocals of singer Jónsi float on top. Dynamics are employed spectacularly, but half of the album is spooky soundtrack music that never really goes anywhere. However, the actual songs on Two Sausages Kissing (or whatever you want to call it)--the third, sixth, eighth, and especially fourth tracks--are mind-blowers, spectacularly worth the price of admission. If they just stopped trying to reinvent the wheel all the time, Sigur Rós could really be a band for the ages. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a uniquely distinct experience of a record
It's not exactly an easy task to describe Icelandic band Sigur Ros' latest record. For one, it doesn't have a title, other than "( )." "( )" also has no linear notes whatsoever, giving us no song names, or any references to the musicians, engineers and psychiatrists who appear on it. What's more, the lyrics, which are written half in English and half in Icelandic, are sung mostly in an echo-drenched falsetto that makes Jeremy Enigk sound like Paul McCartney.

Then again, no one ever understood Michael Stipe or Kurt Cobain. And the Beatles did the same sort of disappearing act on the White Album. And while we're at it, Bjork's from Iceland as well. And every review of this band ever written will mention that.

What's left is an odd and uniquely distinct experience of a record. Imagine the condensed images of a Stanley Kubrick film put to music that's mostly whispered and played at half-speed. Picture My Bloody Valentine or Sonic Youth daydreaming away on thousands of crates of cough syrup.

Pianos give way to walls of guitars, strings, and drums that occasionally lift the pulse above a trickle. Occasionally. But Sigur Ros don't work in speed or pop hooks. They work in pure aural texture. They move sideways, and they swell, not into catchy choruses, but into orchestral static and ghostly buzzing. This isn't a record for fans of mainstream pop music. In fact, it may not be a record for listening to at all, but rather it's something to play during science fiction movie credits, or in the background of an opium den.

Oddly enough, this isn't exactly a bad thing. Sigur Ros may just be the first band in a long time to sound so different, so confounding, and so beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sigur Ros...A Gift From God
I remember about 2 months ago when I typed in "Sigur Ros" in a search engine and downloaded the song called, "Untitled 4." I was literaly blown away. This album changed my life. I just sat in my room and listened to it at least 6 times in a row as I lied in my bed and cried my eyes out. The hauntingly, gorgeous music just rips through your emotional barrier, making you vunerable for change and reflection, such as a small child. You can be free again. Just don't be afraid to take an emotional voyage.

I am still in a state of shock from hearing this album. For god's sake, just support the greatest musicians alive and buy this album. If you like Radiohead, Godspeed You! Black Emporer, Bjork, or Pink Floyd, this progressive style of beautiful music will just fill you with the most tranquil feeling of sensational, perpetual bliss, just every single note tearing through your heart as you remember all the sad things that have happened to you throughout your entire life. How could something so beautiful be so sad? That is mystery of the band itself: Sigur Ros. What every these musical prodigies are making next, it is going to change my life. I just know it.

5-0 out of 5 stars ( )
please stop reading the reviews and buy this album. words cannot do it justice--as the members of sigur rós recognized also. you need to hear this work of art for yourself. every single track on this album is just everything more than astonishing. i love every single track. i love the keyboards in track one. i love the singing in track two. jonsi your voice is fn breathtaking. i love the keyboards and melodies in track three. i love track four, hands down. i love the eerieness of track five, oh man i love how he sings. i love the ending of track six. beauty. track seven is just...just close your eyes and listen. you will know. and track eight. what to say about track eight? track eight is fn awesome. all of these tracks are amazing. i am not singling any of them out for a standout or any of them for a track of lesser beauty. amazing album. honestly. get this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Walking in a Winter Wonderland
This album reminds me of walking in the blistering cold in the snow. This Icelandic band creates soundscapes that are cold and sterile, yet can bring a tear to your eye. The guitarist likes to use a bow, creating long notes in these slow ballads. Most songs start off soft and slowly build to a huge crescendo. the first 4 tracks are more focused and accessible, the last four are noisier, and rely less on normal melodies. The vocals are in hoplandic i.e. gibberish, but really it is the singer trying to use his voice as any other instrument. Just the sound and inflection are what are important. I think this is the band's best album to date, but all 3 are fantastic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
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150. Best of Hootie & The Blowfish 1993-2003
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5-0 out of 5 stars All together - all fantastic - all in one cd
Finally, all these remarkable songs on one cd. One of my favorite tracks on this "Best of" is their cover of "Use Me" originally recorded by Bill Withers. The energy and rhythum of that track was made to be recorded by the unique "Hootie and The Blowfish" sound. All band members are accomplished and versatile musicans and that makes for a sound blend of folk, rock and to my ear - some vocal blues.

Many of these tracks are from "Cracked Rear View". That debut album was a monster seller, one of my all time favorites and was my first listen to Lili Haydn, an accomplished string musician guest playing on Viola. The quality of catchy songs mostly written by Jim Sonefeld is undeniable.

Darius Rucker's voice is still ten years later so intriguing to me. He has a deep low baritone rumble where he almost slurs his enunciations but you understand every word. Dean Felber and Mark Bryan round out the sound and of course the great David Crosby and an occasional Graham Nash contribute their musical magic as quests.

Love the packaging on this one too - easy to open - less wasteful.

This is a must own.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Strong Overview
The buzz pretty much died down after "Cracked Rear View," but Hootie & The Blowfish have made five strong discs, including the compilation of b-sides and live tracks several years ago. "Time," "Let Her Cry," "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You" were the huge hits from "Cracked Rear View" and probably the band's best-known songs, but minor hits like "Tucker's Town" and "Old Man and Me" are equally strong. "Innocence" from last year's self-titled album is a fine ballad, and yes, "The Goodbye Girl" was the huge hit for David Gates 25 years ago, and this is the only place to find that song. "Use Me" is the cover of the Bill Withers hit, and it's very strong as well. If you liked "Cracked Rear View," you'll like every one of their releases, since all have the same sound and quality lineup of songs. If you don't want to get all the studio LP's, this hits nearly all the high points.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is a great CD. Every song is good!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars I miss Hannah Jane...
OK, I think that is a very good compilation of Blowfish's songs. I just miss one of my favourite songs from Cracked Rear View, that remembers my college times: Hannah Jane. I know this in not a gratest hit but sincerely I'm sure it's one of the best songs written by Darius Rucker and the boys.

3-0 out of 5 stars Holding Hands
Sometimes, a vigorant band surprises me at first when it really hits big, and then falls flat like a baloon made of lead and a ton of bricks. That arguably happened with so many great bands of the 90's, The Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, Pearl Jam, and even the Counting Crows. But, that all seems to have been nowhere compared to Hootie & The Blowfish. During their popularity in the mid 90's, they truly brought out the best in music for years to come. After their unreal debut, Cracked Rear View, which sold more than 16 million albums, and one of the top selling records from the 90's, they just couldn't be kept up in sales and status. As a result, they became a horrific joke. Still, the music of the group is well no joke.

The Best Of Hootie & The Blowfish, is a collection of 17 songs from the groups long time with Atlantic Records. The collection includes such great feel-good songs including Hold My Hand, Let Her Cry, Old Man N' Me, Only Lonely, and I Will Wait. The downside of this record is that a huge amount of tracks, really weren't considered as actual hit songs, in a pretty even split. Although the sound is something to enjoy, there just isn't a lot here that makes it a outstanding hits collection. Outside of their latest song, The Goodbye Girl, there just isn't anything exciting out of what Hootie & The Blowfish charted from their four albums, Cracked Rear View, Fairweather Johnson, Musical Chairs, and their 2002 self-titled record.

If you're a die hard Hootie & The Blowfish fan, this really is for you, or if you feel the need of the best guilty pleasure from South Carolina in the 90's, this also is for you. Otherwise, you're just better off letting go of those holding hands, Hootie & The Blowfish. ... Read more

151. Tropical Brainstorm
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"I know an island where the people are kind / And the rest ofthe world seems far away / Maybe it's only in the back of my mind / ButI know when I go that's where I'll stay." One could not wish a betterend result for the late Kirsty MacColl, whose last album opens withthis prediction. Tropical Brainstorm serves as a sunny andjoyous bookend on a career cut tragically short. Musically, it is a bitof a departure, favoring vibrant Latin-flavored flourishes over theslightly darker jangle of earlier material. There is, however, nomistaking the album's creator from a lyrical perspective. "Treachery"giddily turns the star-fan scenario on its head, imagining MacCollstalking a fan who has abandoned her for the musical flavor of themonth. "Here Comes That Man Again" is a decidedly naughty and wisesurvey of cyberculture's impact on modern romance. In "Us Amazonians,"a hearty romp that's easily as good as anything off of Paul Simon'sThe Rhythm of theSaints, the narrator punches out her true love to show himwhat's truly important in life. These are not your ordinary pop songs,and that's a fitting way for things to end, if they had to. MacCollalways held a singular place in Anglo-pop. She was equal parts Morrissey as aless self-obsessed heterosexual woman and Flannery O'Connor as popstar. In other words, unique, and an incredibly precious resource formusic to lose. --Bob Michaels ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Grabber from the Get-Go
I don't know if you've ever had an album absolutely infiltrate you the moment you heard it, but that's what "Tropical Brainstorm" did to me. I took it out of the library on a whim because I had read a few passing things about Ms. MacColl and knew she was a critic's darling, etc., so I took it home. I'm usually resistant to unfamiliar music, but this CD immediately filled me up, it hit all the right spots, it was about the most enchanting thing I've ever heard. I rushed out to buy it a few weeks ago, and it hasn't left my CD player yet. The lush and punchy Cuban beats elevate tunes like "Mambo de la Luna" and "Treachery" to a euphoric high. Some are just so thrillingly beautiful, like "Us Amazonians" (a woman's anthem) that you experience joy just listening to the song unfold. After I got past the wonderful musical arrangements and started paying more attention to the lyrics, the album truly earned its 5 star rating. "Autumngirlsoup," for example, parallels being carved up by an ill-fated affair with being the contents of a pot of soup in one of the CD's most poignant moments. Kirsty MacColl was obviously one gutsy, funny and gifted lady whose deliciously cynical wit and unflinching vulnerability produced some great moments on this CD. It is with such bittersweet feelings that I submit this review, grateful as I am for the joy of discovering this artist and this music, I am equally saddened by the fact that her light has left this world.

5-0 out of 5 stars A jubilant, memorable coda to a great artist's career
Two years after my first listen, I'm still amazed by the range and depth of this CD. From the tropical exuberance of the Cuban-influenced "Mambo de la Luna," the Brasilian-tinged "Celestine," and the tango-esque "Treachery," to the humour of "England 2 Colombia 0" and "In These Shoes," the spare, understated emotion of "Head" and "Golden Heart," and the touching directness of "Things Happen," this work confounds the boundries between musical genres (jazz, pop, salsa, samba, etc), stylistic influences and inspirations. Above all, the work is richly infused with Kirsty's love for Latin/Brasilian music, culture, and perspective. The standouts include the haunting "Autumngirlsoup," the hilariously camp "In These Shoes," and the amazing subtlety and warmth--and the delicacy with which adolescent obsession is handled--in "Things Happen." The album is a fitting tribute to the life and talent of one of the most sensitive, intelligent, and interesting singer-songwriters of our time. In a musical landscape dominated with hype and image, its singers often devoid of any true talent, the voice of Kirsty MacColl is needed more now than ever. We miss you so much, Kirsty.

3-0 out of 5 stars A politically incorrect opinion...
The cynical side of me has to wonder: Would "Tropical Brainstorm" be as highly praised as it is now if Kirsty hadn't been so tragically killed just shortly after its release?

I say this not as a reactionary curmudgeon, but as a longtime fan of Kirsty. From the very first time I heard her backing vocals on the Smiths "Ask" and "Golden Lights", to the first time I managed to track down and imbibe every second of her fantabuloustic 1989 LP, "Kite", I've always thought of Kirsty in the same way that I think of Dylan, Elvis (Costello, that is), and Lennon. Pretentious as that might seem, it's an undeniable truth that Kirsty was one of the most gifted songwriters this trite world has ever known. The horrific tragedy that was her death (killed by a speedboat, right in full view of her children) and fact that she will never sing another beautiful note of music is utterly heartbreaking to me.

But I still can't let all these gushy feelings about Kirsty taint my true opinion of "Tropical Brainstorm", which is that it represents her weakest and most musically shallow work since her 1981 LP, "Desperate Character".

Wow, someone hand this man a bulletproof vest! I understand that many "Tropical Brainstorm" devotees will be highly offended, but all I can do is hope that they take an opportunity to lock themselves in a room with "Kite" or "Titanic Days" (or even "Galore") for several weeks, and then see if they come out bearing the same conclusion about this album that I did.

My biggest problem with the album, not surprisingly, is the awkward pastiche of Cuban and Latin influences in many of the songs that everyone else seems to be going absolutely ape$*!# over. Opening the album with "Mambo de la Luna", "In These Shoes?" and "Treachery", back to back, leaves you with the unsettling impression that you are supposed to be taking this seriously as a mature fusion of Latin and Pop. The only problem is, I can't.

It's not that I dislike Latin music--I am actually quite fond of it--it's just that when I hear a native British pop singer like Kirsty trying to perform it, two harrowing words enter my mind: Gloria Estefan. It's Latin-lite for the masses, which is fine, but a superly-duperly talented musician like Kirsty should not be the one doing it. Yes, it was cute when she did it as a novel one-off ("My Affair", from 1991's "Electric Landlady" LP) but when stretched out over the duration of a 55 minute album, it becomes embarassingly superficial and unbearably corny.

This isn't to say, however, that this belongs in the same section of the record store that holds multiple lonely copies of "Van Halen III". Far from it, in fact. It contains enough genuine moments of brilliance to make it worth your coin. When Kirsty uses Latin influences as a springboard to originality (and not just a watered down carbon copy of said "influences"),"Brainstorm" really shines. "England 2, Colombia 0", where Kirsty is at her usual sarcastically bitter lyrical-self, is a perfect example of the good that can come about by assimilation rather than imitation.

The other stunning highlight is the hauntingly ethereal and pathetically emotional "Autumngirlsoup", which is probably the album's best song, and would have fit perfectly on her solemn "Titanic Days" LP. If Kirsty's emotional, audible gasping in between its verses (and especially her plaintive sigh at the very end of the track) doesn't send a reverbrating chill up your spine, then you simply don't deserve the gift of life.

Conversely, the cybersex confessional of "Here Comes that Man Again", is spectacularly awful, and represents some of Kirsty's absolute worst lyrics ever...I've heard better lyrics than that in a Massengil commercial.

I'll grant you (and every other latecomer to the Church of Kirsty) that overall, Brainstorm is indeed a "fun" album. And I am fully aware of Kirsty's newfound obsession with Cuban culture in the years before recording Tropical Brainstorm. I just think it's sad that Kirsty will forever be remembered by the unwashed masses mostly for her "novelty" tracks (i.e., "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis", "They Don't Know", "My Affair" and "Fairytale of New York"), and not for the huge collection of intelligent and sincere songs she has written that can easily match unassailable classics like The miths "The Queen Is Dead" in sheer artistic timelessness.

The way "Tropical Brainstorm" is presented--especially in the choice of "In These Shoes?" as the album's big hit single--does little to change this notion, and further paints Kirsty into the minds of the general public as simply "that British singer who writes those cute, catchy little tunes". And as much as many of us don't want to admit it, "Brainstorm" wouldn't have been nearly the critical success that it enjoys now, had Kirsty not died. A harsh statement? Maybe. But do I really need to pull out the names of Kurt Cobain, Selena, Aaliyah, Jimi Hendrix and Sid Vicious, et. al., in order to prove my point?

5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasure of Sound
I had heard the track "In These Shoes" on the radio. But I never expected the rest of the tracks on this CD to be so wonderful and lush to listen to as well. A definite "must-have" in any collection; I highly recommend it. And please, do enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars A winning and satisfying farewell
Less than a week after I bought 1995's Galore: The Best Of..., I picked up this album, as it was the only other one of Kirsty's I could find in the racks. I know there's no way Ms. MacColl could have known that this would be her last album (unlike George Harrison on 2002's Brainwashed), but this 2001 posthumous release feels like a small masterpiece just the same. The Latin-pop sound of her 1991 gem "My Affair" can be heard in at least 9 of these 16 tracks, and her interest in Spanish seems utterly sincere (a la Richman's 1994 CD Jonathan Te Vas A Emocionar) rather than like jumping on some bandwagon.

Kirsty's lyrics are funnier and more biting than ever as she sings about "stalking a fan" ("Treachery," possibly my favorite track), cybersex ("Here Comes That Man Again"), the lives of the Amazons ("Us Amazonians"), a single mother returning to the dating scene and dealing with a "serial liar" ("England 2, Columbia 0"), and the "happy little bubblehead" lifestyle of her ex and his new wife ("Designer Life"). "In These Shoes?" (covered by Bette Midler in 2000), "Alegria," "Mambo de la Luna," and "Celestine" are fun dance tracks, but that's not to say that this is a slight effort.

Genial delivery and mostly upbeat tunes aside, MacColl wrote these songs from a mature woman's perspective, with all the pain, wisdom, and resilience that experience brings. In "Nao Esperando," a girl quits waiting around for her man and moves on with her life; in "Autumngirlsoup," Kirsty uses cooking metaphors to describe a sexual relationship and the need for an emotional connection; the heartbreaking "Wrong Again" is the vulnerable flip-side to the witty "England 2...," as she really gets at the pain of being deceived by the man she loves. In songs like "Head" and "Here Comes That Man Again," she writes honestly about sex without resorting to crudeness or being too coy. It's a shame that this had to be MacColl's last album, but at least she went out with a satisfying winner. Oh, and here's a tip: Don't dwell on whether or not she ever would have been able to top this -- just enjoy the music. ... Read more

152. Before the Poison
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From her beginnings as a pop chanteuse in 1964, through a little-heard set of country rock, on to the edgy bearing of her second commercial breakthrough with Broken English in 1979, and then into the world of Kurt Weill and elsewhere, Marianne Faithfull appears to have taken wildly varied twists and turns. In fact, her ongoing musical projects move with one another with breathtaking artistry. Before The Poison is yet another peak, as she collaborates withPJ Harvey, Nick Cave, and, Jon Brion. From the ethereal balladry of "There is a Ghost" (with Cave and the Bad Seeds), to the meaty guitar punches of Harvey's "My Friends Have," this album is a diverse set that's all tied together by the smoky resonance and phrasing of Faithfull's unmistakable voice. --David Greenberger ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I Can't Stop Playing This CD!
Back in the early eighties I knew a singer/songwriter named Toni Childs who turned me on to to Marianne Faithfull, and I've never stopped listening to either one of them since. "Before the Poison" is a powerful work, and one that should be up for a Grammy. She delivers the goods on every song. This is the type of album you buy one for yourself, and one or two for special friends because you know they'll feel it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Crazy Love
We saw Marianne Faithfull last night at the Fillmore Auditorium here in San Francisco, where she greeted her fans in support of the new LP BEFORE THE POISON."Here I am, back in my darling San Francisco."How do the new songs sound live?For the most part, they were winners: she incorporated about half of the new LP into her set, including MYSTERY OF LOVE, NO CHILD OF MINE, THE LAST SONG, and CRAZY LOVE.She kept telling us, "This is a very lovely song written for me by Polly Jean Harvey."She'd tip her glasses back onto her nose to study the lyrics out of a black notebook."She'd be very cross if I were to f--k it up."

The show closed with an ecstatic rendition of CRAZY LOVE, at the end of which she sank to her knees, apparently overcome by the devotion of her fans, and extended her hands to those in the mosh pit underneath, thanking them for their spirit.

Faithfull has apparently quit smoking and her voice has regained something of an upper register, and the difference is noticeable even since her appearance just this past summer in the Tom Waits/William Burroughs/Robert Wilson extravaganza THE BLACK RIDER.She has so much more power and energy now, she is like Axl Rose used to be!Except of course she's, you know, Marianne Faithfull!


5-0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is the best Marianne Faithfull album in some time. Having listened to her since the 60's, this one has consistency and range not found in her other recent releases. Each song is beautifully simple and full of depth. PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, and Damon Albarn have provided Faithfull with great music and lyrics worthy of her artistry and personal style.

4-0 out of 5 stars Melancholy and otherworldly outing

On this album Faithfull collaborates extensively with PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. There are three Harvey covers: Mystery Of Love, My Friends Have and No Child Of Mine, while the title track and In The Factory are co-written by them with Marianne contributing lyrics. Nick Cave features as music composer on Crazy Love, There Is A Ghost and Desperanto.

The style varies from the messy rock of My Friends Have and the tuneful pop ballad Crazy Love with its lovely violins to the bluesy Last Song and the slow mournful rock of No Child Of Mine with its complex and stirring vocal interplay. A torch rock outing, the title track is so gloomy it would have made Nico of the VU proud and There Is A Ghost is only somewhat lighter, with beautiful piano against eerie synths.

In The Factory is a slab of slow brooding rock with great guitar work and a melancholy chorus, whilst the rhythmic and uptempo Desperanto rocks on in an atmospheric drone of guitars, synths and a male choir. The masterpiece of this album is the last track, City Of Quartz. It is a most evocative poem set against a magical mix led by music box sounds, to an enchanting effect.

I do not think Before The Poison is on the level of her classics like Vagabond Ways or the Island records Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances and Times Square, but her fans will enjoy it. The mood is dark and otherworldly overall; it is an album of dirges. But what beauty in that grief, or sweet sorrow. Marianne Faithfull once again wraps herself in the sound of the times on this album, enriching the world of music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Addictive Heroine
I have played this Marianne Faithfull offering constantly since the day I bought it about a month ago.I've sent the "My Friends Have" selection to all my closest chums because nobody has said it or sang about them better.To return the favor I wanted to say "Thank you" to Marianne, the best friend I've never met.During the darkest moments you've been there with your music and vision like a candle for the dark night of the soul.You are some of the GOLD I've grabbed from the mountains of garbage closing in on me.You've captured, on this CD especially, the place where memories of pain and regret are realized and transformed.Break a leg at Park West, luv! ... Read more

153. Johnny Rivers: Greatest Hits (Capitol)
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If Rhino's more comprehensive Anthology 1964-1977 is too rich for your blood, this 10-song collection offers a good introduction to the charismatic singer-guitarist's biggest hits. Along with the immortal P.F. Sloan-penned spy drama "Secret Agent Man," the disc contains such memorable Rivers numbers as the bittersweet "Poor Side of Town," the rollicking Chuck Berry covers "Memphis" and "Maybelline," his soulful readings of the Motown hits "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'" and "The Tracks of My Tears," and his very credible interpretations of the blues standards "Seventh Son" and "The Midnight Special." --Scott Schinder ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars He still has it
I actually bought this cd at one of his concerts and I must say he still can play with the best of them. As for the cd it will cover some of his hits and is a very good list but there are so many more songs that you should add to your collection. All in all a good starter cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Memories
This may not be the full collection of Johnny Rivers greatest hits, but it definitely is a good one. It's not one of those CD's that's been redone so it doesn't sound like the original. These sound the same as the day you heard these hits on the radio. It brought back great memories of the "good ole days".

4-0 out of 5 stars Johnny Rivers Lives!
There are any number of decent compilations out there, but this one is really all you need. It's got the faux "live at the Whiskey" versions of "Secret Agent Man" and "Seventh Son", and includes his biggest (albeit, he ripped off Elvis' original demo) hit "Memphis".

These still sound slammin' decades later, and any cover band with heart knows them by heart. Rightfully so.

4-0 out of 5 stars great only if you want only 10 hits of Johnny Rivers
If you are an extremely casual fan, this 10 track collection is the way to go as it does have most of his top 10 hits but to make this perfect for the top 10 hits only crowd, the #26 hit Where Have All The Flowers Gone, should be taken out and be replaced with "Mountain of Love." The "Best of Johnny Rivers" CD available at BMG (used copies do appear on as well) is a better choice for the casual fans and/or fans who want a definitive single disc collection for traveling and for the diehard fans, the 2 CD "Anthology" is a much better option. Another essential hit from his Imperial years is "Summer Rain" so avoid this collection and either get the 1987 "Best of" CD or the 2 CD "Anthology."

5-0 out of 5 stars Get A Good Case of Rockin' Pneumonia!
All Johnny's best, Tracks of My Tears, Memphis, etc.

He's versatile singer, with that Whiskey-Ago-Go sound that some of us grew up with.

This is good collection. Sing along type stuff. ... Read more

154. Xanadu
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Unavailable on CD in the U.S., this is CBS's 1989 reissue ofMCA's top five & double platinum 1980 soundtrack to directorRobert Greenwald's 1980 musical starring Olivia Newton-John at a high point in her career and Gene Kelly at the bottom of his. The album features 10 tracks, five each from E.L.O. & Olivia Newton-John, including the #1 smash 'Magic' by Newton-John, the top 10 title cut by both her & E.L.O. and the top 20 duet 'Suddenly' by Newton-John and Cliff Richard! ... Read more

155. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
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Elton John has always liked having it both ways. He's flamboyant and vain, yet empathetic and sincere. He sits at his piano playing sentimental melodies, but the words come not from inside his soul but from friend Bernie Taupin. For Captain Fantastic, he and Taupin wrote a concept album which sketches their career together. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is easily the strongest song outside of the concept. The addition of several songs "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" featuring John Lennon, "Philadelphia Freedom," and "One Day at a Time" blow the concept but up the entertainment value considerably. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Elton's peak
This 1975 release opened at number one on the charts. It may be the only concept album in the history of music to do that. Unfortunately, this would be the beginning of Elton's decline as an artist as Captain Fantastic would not be easy to top.
Both Elton and Taupin were at the top of their games here. Working as a team more then ever, the Elton/Taupin team wrote songs that told autobiographical stories of how they got started in the music business.
Though some songs are a little dated in sound, and some are just plain boring, the good songs are GREAT. The epic ballad "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" may just be the best song they ever created.
And the closing masterpiece "Curtains" is an overlooked gem thats beauty would be difficult to put into words.
A must have for any fan of Elton John and for anyone who loves good music. A true classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Elton John Album
"Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy" has always been my favorite Elton John album, simply because it's one of the few albums that could be described as perfect. There is not a single clunker on this whole album, and the production is flawless.

Kicking off with the comforting and sophistsicated acoustic pickings of the title track, which depicts Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin as cowboys and the record company executives who rejected their early material as bandits who they must defeat before riding off into the sunset. "Tower Of Babel" and "Bitter Fingers" are two more denouncing diatribes against the music industry that are very good tracks, and "Tell Me When The Whistle Blows" features an eloquent orchestral arrangement by Gene Wood, who arranged some of Barry White's biggest hits in the early to mid '70s'. Next comes one of Elton's best - known and most - loved compositions. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is a true classic with its simple, haunting piano intro, strong percussion, and Beach Boys - like harmonies on the tag. "Gotta Get A Meal Ticket" is a strong rocker featuring a screaming guitar intro. This is followed by the simple, almost funny "Better Off Dead", which preceeds my favorite track, "Writing". This perfectly sums up the way Bernie and Elton write a song. Following this is the luscious "We All Fall In Love Sometimes", which perfectly sums up the relationship between Elton and his faithful companion Bernie. Lastly, there's the haunting "Curtains", which denounces the early songs that they wrote together.

Like all of Elton's '70s' reissues, this one has several bonus tracks added. Included are two of the three number one hits he scored in 1975, the soulful "Philadelphia Freedom" and his superb cover of "Lucy Sky In The Diamonds" featuring John Lennon singing and playing guitar. Also included is "One Day At A Time", a beautiful song that Elton recorded with Lennon that was included on Lennon's "Mind Games" album.

Overall, this is an excellent album that captures Elton in his prime. It also marked the end of his creative energy. Although he scored one more number one album ("Rock Of The Westies"), things were never the same after this album was released. As a matter of fact, it would be 20 years before Elton would release an album of this merit again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Elton John and Bernie Taupin at the Top of Their Game
I could hardly wait in 1975 to acquire Elton's new album, one of the hundreds of thousands of people who bought the album as soon as it was available in record stores. I placed the record on the player, sure that I was going to hear another "Yellow Brick Road." Then I was puzzled. What kind of music was this? It was not simple pop with catchy tunes. It was, well, complicated, and sophisticated. It was also Elton's first concept album, and it took me a while to realize that this album was the story of Elton and Bernie's rise to fame, in what appeared to be a relatively short period of time, but which actually took from 1966 to occur.

As I said, this music is very complicated, sophisticated, and beautiful. There are some faster songs, but some of Elton's most carefully crafted music is here as well. The album begins with the title tune, a rock song with a bit of country flavor that represents the flamboyant heart of Elton, and the quieter, western-loving style of Bernie Taupin. The song alternates between a style reminiscent of "Madman Across the Water" to a style that was more fully realized in "Rock of the Westies."

In "The Tower of Babel" and "Bitter Fingers" the dynamic duo lament the difficulties of getting into the entertainment industry. The first song is about the difficulty of entry, the second is about being a stable hack for a record company, churning out songs by the basketful to make ends meet, never seeming to work fast enough or to earn enough. "Bitter Fingers" has a beautiful piano entry, which extends into the song. Elton at his performing best.

"Tell Me When the Whistle Blows" can play on several levels, depending on which part of the song. The style of the song is quite similar to songs such as "Danny Bailey" or "I've Seen That Movie Too" from "Yellow Brick Road." There is a fast rock beat, but the violins give a rich, lush feel. Part of the song longs for being home, and part of the song wonders whether the maturing individual in the song still has the talent and enthusiasm he had when he was a wild kid.

Then comes "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," one of the most phenomenal songs that Bernie and Elton have ever written. This song is about a time when Elton was nearly ready to get married, and Bernie talked him out of it. The complexity of this music is symphonic. The piano chords and the harmonies are full and show Elton John having fully mastered the art of creating music.

The next two songs, "Gotta Get a Meal Ticket" and "Better off Dead," are faster, and are about aspects of being starving artists. Both are decent songs, but they are preludes to the last three songs of the original album.

"Writing" is a song about success. Once we are successful, how long can we sustain that success? Also, what will people in the future think about what we did. Will it have meaning for them, and will they think it is good? Bernie's lyrics tell a story, and Elton does an outstanding job complementing the lyrics.

The last two songs remain among my all-time favorite Elton John songs. "We All Fall in Love Sometimes" and "Curtains" transition from one to the next. Though the topics are different, the tenor and beauty of the music is common. When Elton allows his piano to come to the forefront of his music the result is nearly always wondrous. "We All Fall" also has one of the best bridges ever performed in an Elton John song. Elton also plays a harpsichord and a mellotron, used so effectively by the Moody Blues in the previous decade. The results can only be appreciated by listening.

"Curtains" begins so beautifully that when I am mellow it brings tears to my eyes. The lyrics are brought to life by Elton's vocal and musical interpretation, striking into your heart and soul. Only the emotionless could fail to appreciate this fragile, emotional music.

This album was the culmination of years of effort. The music is mature and well-crafted. Beautiful seems a paltry word to describe much of it. The production was the best ever of any Elton John album to date. The skill of the art was theirs, and they capitalized on it to create one of the best rock albums of all time.

Included on this remaster are three bonus songs. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was a big hit in 1975 for Elton John, and featured the talents of Elton's friend John Lennon. "Philadelphia Freedom" was another big Elton John hit, and was written as a tribute. "One Day at a Time" is another quite good song that helps fill out the potential time of a CD.

Unfortunately I am inadequate for the task of adequately reviewing this CD. While Elton had many creative moments and beautiful songs prior to this album, and had many other excellent compositions, for one magical album the music, the lyrics, and the production all came together to create an album for all times and all ages. While I generally feel that people are silly for saying they want to give a CD dozens of stars, this album would rate more than five stars if I could give them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grand Slam!
If Elton John's career ever mirrored a baseball game, you could easily surmise that, just like in baseball when the bases are loaded and you need a hit, Elton not only delivered but knocked it out of the ball park with this release. It was 1975 and the incredible songwriting team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin was gradually reaching new heights with each release.

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is their finest album in all ways: production, melody, vocally and the best performance by his then band. In addition, these are likey to be the best lyrics Bernie Taupin ever penned. He is writing in the first person narrative for a change on all the songs. And, finally, Elton is singing lyrics that he can relate to because all of the songs are about the era when he and Bernie first met and stardom hadn't arrived (1967-1969).

The title track simply tells the story of their partnership: "Captain Fantastic, raised and regimented, hardly a hero, just someone his mother might know". How fitting a description for young Elton - shy, unassuming, average. While later on Elton sings: "Brown Dirt Cowboy, still green and growing...hand in hand went music and rhyme, the captain and the kid, stepping in the ring, from here on Sonny, it's a long and lonely climb." The melody starts with a country flare that rocks out during the chorus...a incredible arrangement that balances rock (Elton) with country (Taupin).

Tower of Babel hints at their first glimpse of the music business: "where were all your shoulders when we cried?" Taupin laments. "Bitter Fingers" tells the tale of the doing the club circuit as a struggling band. "Tell Me When The Whistle Blows" is Taupins story of his journey from the countryside in England to London where he would write with Elton. This song in particular has a very urban and soulful sound and captures the lyric perfectly. The big hit from the album, "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is yet another superb power ballad, much in the same vein as "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". Elton sings with much conviction on this one and the backing vocal of his song capture every nuance and pain in the lyric. Further, Nigel Olsson's drum playing on this song may be his finest performance as he dramatically pushes the song to its emotional climax.

The second half of the album kicks off with "Gotta Get A Meal Ticket" which is about the first publishing deal Elton and Taupin signed and the anxieties that come with it: "while the other climb reaching dizzy heights, the world's in front of me in black and white, I'm on the bottom line." Further, Elton sings: "shake a hand if you have to, trust in us and we'll love you anyway." The very wary writers of course need a record deal to make it and this song typifies that experience. Guitarist Davey Johnstone's opening hook may be his best since Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting - his guitar soars on this song. The next song, Writing is a relatively simple song that seeks to wonder if the duo have a lengthy future in front of them. We All Fall In Love Sometimes/Curtains finishes in what must be the best closing to an Elton John album ever. The first part deals with a brotherly affection Elton and Taupin discovered when they met and Curtains is simply a song about their childhood wish that came true. Elton has never sounded so sincere as he does here. While it's true he has been delivering Taupin's words for years as if he wrote them himself, there is something distinctively different about his deliverly this time. Frankly, this could be his best vocal performance ever.

A couple of extra tracks are included on this remastered version: the wonderful philly soul hit "Philadelphia Freedom", Elton's dynamite cover of the Beatles "Lucy In The Sky" and a less than necessary cover of John Lennon's "One Day At A Time" from his Mind Games release. Since these songs have no relation to the Captain Fantastic concept album, I would have left them off and put them on another more appropriate re-release.

Producer Gus Dudgeon give each song here a pristine shine and each band member showcases their incredible talents. This also represents the last album by the original lineup. While they didn't realize it at the time, this was to be their swan song until 1983. Elton moved on into different areas after this and things were never really the same again.

It's hard to believe that just two years prior, Elton released Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - another masterpiece. Within 3 years, Elton delivered two albums of career peaking quality. And while Yellow Brick Road usually gets the nod as his finest album because it has more pop accessibility then this release, Captain Fantastic shouldn't be over looked.

If Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was his answer to, say, The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper", then Captain Fantastic would be Elton's equilvalent to "Abbey Road."

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Elton has some masterful songs here. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" and "Tower of Babel" are two of the best on this CD.

The only reason this gets a four star rating is there are 3-4 poorly produced songs on this collection that could have been made a lot better. ... Read more

156. Singles 45's and Under
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Squeeze wanted to be the next Beatles, and you can't fault them for trying. Their distinctive Brit-pop stylings often came close; with songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook marrying supremely catchy melodies to equally adept wordplay just like, well, The Beatles. Singles: 45s & Under gathers a dozen of their most well-loved classics into one truly five-star collection. It represents the prime of their first five years and it's all, well, prime--from Difford croaking out "Cool for Cats," to Tilbrook chiming "Another Nail for My Heart," to former Ace vocalist Paul Carrack crooning the delightful "Tempted." Necessary stuff for pop fans. --Michael Ruby ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A definitive Squeeze collection
Squeeze made quite possibly the catchiest music in the history of rock and roll. These songs--"Pulling Mussels from the Shell," "Goodbye Girl," and "Another Nail from My Heart"--have had an effect on me that one could compare to (if the reader will indulge me in a bit of gratuitousness) those ear slugs in the movie "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." By that, I mean that they have entered through my ear canal and insinuated themselves in my brain, gradually assuming control. If this sounds awful, I assure you that it isn't, at all--unlike the slugs in the movie, these songs came in by my invitation!

Like other well-chosen collections, this one tells the story of its subject well, including the odd and unpredictable changes in direction that the group took. The album's two most famous songs, "Tempted" and "Black Coffee in Bed," are much closer to Motown soul than British new wave. "Tempted"--probably the only Squeeze song that many people in America have ever heard--featured a new keyboardist/singer, Paul Carrack, who upstaged band leaders Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook with his only lead vocal for the group! (How long has this been going on? The group's first keyboardist--Jools Holland--also became the voice of Squeeze with a single vocal performance, "Cool for Cats," which is also included.) This makes this collection ideal for newcomers to Squeeze; old veterans probably already have a lot of these tunes, although they still might want to buy the CD if their old copy of "Argybargy" skips.

5-0 out of 5 stars Catching the New Wave
This collection brings back memories of high school and family get-togethers since most of my siblings had a copy and would play it when I'd come over. Difford and Tillbrook knew how to write catchy and innovative songs back in the "new wave" era. "Cool for Cats" is a unique and funny song. Of course, there are the 1st songs I remember hearing "Another Nail in my Heart" and "Pulling Mussels" from FM radio (I love the piano lick on "Pulling Mussels"). It also features their most popular song "Tempted" (which helped make Paul Carrack a star). "Is That Love" features Beatlesque melodies and wry lyrics. Then, finally, there are the final songs of Squeeze's history (I was really sad to hear about their breakup in 1982)-"Black Coffee in Bed" (their last big hit which is reminiscent of Marshall Crenshaw and possibly influenced Crowded House, another great sounding band) and "Annie Get Your Gun". Greatest hits collections don't get much better than this!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and maturity
To me, Squeeze represented all that was right about the British New Wave/No Wave movement of the late 70s and early 80s. (Note, I say early 80s--this cd doesn't contain any of the songs from Sqeeze's reunion albums of the late 80s, most of which can be safely dismissed.) Singles "45's and Under" doesn't omit anything that any Squeeze fan would miss.

Each of these songs showcase the amazing songwriting talents of Difford and Tilbrook, and the tremendous talent of the musicians. Squeeze could always be relied upon for perfect polish, mature and above-average intelligence lyrics, FUN, and a lack self-importance and pompousness that others of the era smacked of. Each song is a hit. Nothing is a miss.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The melodies, the lyrics, the rhythms--everything makes this the perfect compilation. I'd never heard of Squeeze when I first listened to this and to say it was a startling revelation is an understatement. It is a diverse collection with each song better than the one before. Each song is my favorite from the collection, depending on the day. To use more superlatives--wonderful and fresh.

5-0 out of 5 stars what a great collection of songs
this CD is so what the 80's was all about. Different new wave
or alternative bands which gave up relieve from the 80's
music that took a stall. The 80's music was fin,experimental,
and a rebirth in the music scene. We all know the song "Tempted"
but all the songs on this CD are fantastic. Alot of them sound
alike and then again there is a whole new melody thrown in for
some songs. I love bands like this they are so unique and pleasant relief from the heavy metal which took over in the 80's. If all you know is "Tempted" believe me every song on this
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157. Amplified Heart
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Amplified Heart marked a number of changes in Everything but the Girl's career, the most obvious of which was their sudden popularity when a Todd Terry remix of "Missing" became a dance-floor hit. But before the album was even recorded, Ben Watt--who with Tracy Thorn is EBTG--was hospitalized for a life-threatening intestinal disorder (see his book, Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness, for a full account). His recovery invigorates Amplified Heart, making the love songs that much more passionate, the relationship songs that much more tender, and "25th December"--the one song in which Watt sings lead--that much more heartbreaking. Thorn's captivating vocals are the focus on the rest of the album, and she's as smooth as ever; combined with the focus that she and Watt share here, it makes for EBTG's best album. --Randy Silver ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sell-outs may be disappointed.
I've seen firsthand the evidence that EBTG's "Missing" remix by Todd Terry was overexposed to the general public. And I can imagine the slight "disenchantment" of the throngs who ran out to buy Amplified Heart on hearing only the remixed track, thinking that the whole CD was full of those clubthumping beats. But as we know, instead of booming dance anthems, we're finding mellowed-out, inventive emotional pieces. When I bought it, I had no preconceptions of the album and I benefited immensely from that. I expected to be introduced to something new while still tasting the familiar EBTG flavor, and these two obvious expectations were met. The immediate atmosphere felt on "Rollercoaster" and "Troubled Mind" is undeniably late-night and is entirely mellow without being sedate at all. "Walking To You," "Two Star," and "25th of December" however show Watt and Thorn at their most placid. These three songs are minimal in production and orchestration, yet still maintain EBTG's trademark polished finish. Also of note, we get Ben's vocals on "Walking To You" and "25th" which sound as warm and emotional as ever (especially impressive considering he had recently been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease which, doctors told him at the time, would include loss-of-voice as a result). On the other end of the mood spetrum, though, you have "I Don't Understand Anything," "Get Me," "Missing" (both mixes), and my favorite "We Walk the Same Line." These gems rely mostly on gently programmed drums for ryhthm, and boast excellent melodies. Tracy's voice has never been this beautiful, Ben's guitar work has never sounded so accomplished and confident. Then they close (kind of) with "Disenchanted." It's a stripped-down vocal-and-piano piece with Tracy lamenting on someone else's behalf. It's emotionally authentic and EBTG show much restraint by not cluttering it up with unnecessary instruments or even background vocals. Then of course, you have Todd Terry's hidden track. Overall, Amplified Heart has thus far been EBTG's swan song of organic music. The contrasts are aplenty between this and Walking Wounded or Temperamental, the latter two being fully electonic with only sparse samplings of guitar, harmonica, and the like. Nonetheless, it serves as a fine mile marker separating the days of echoing piano pop from the present Lazy-Dog-esque mixed sets--both distinctly brandishing the Everything But The Girl signature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Adult Pop
I'm glad they had worldwide success with the remix of "Missing" but most listeners had no idea of EBTG's talent unless they bought the album. With Ben recovered from a near fatal illness, the songs on the band's seventh (I think) album are more heartfelt than ever before. The band pours intelligent, witty lyrics into gorgeous, innovative yet simple melodies that appeal to fans of all genres.

Tracey Thorn has one of the most beautiful voices I've heard and in it she exudes confidence and control. My favorite songs are "Rollercoaster", "Troubled Mind", "I Don't Understand Anything", "Get Me", "Missing" and "Two Star". The entire album is great but those songs are gems. If you're not impressed on the first listen, the songs will get better and better each time and the album will have a long shelf life in my home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything But the Girl
Awesome cd to listen to when you want to relax! During dinner or on the ride home you will have no problem unwinding! We love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars me like
Having become enthralled with EBTG through Walking Wounded and Temperamental I was not at first able to get my head around their earlier albums. On first hearing, Amplified Heart was barely above elevator music to me. But I find that many tracks have grown on me dramatically, so that now I listen to the album non-stop. Tracey Thorne's voice is like a balm to my troubled nerves. I could listen to her sing the phone book. One of the tracks that has particularly grown on me is Your Troubled Mind, particularly the lyric, "When you're dooooown you bring me down too-oo; and that is somethi-in' I would not do-o. You say its hard I know its hard; that is somethi-in' I don't dis-re-ga-ard."
My advice is, buy the album. If you don't like it at first, force yourself to listen to it over and over and you will come crawling on you knees begging the album to forgive you for ever having doubted it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better late than never.
Now that this has been out for 10 years, I thought I'd pick it up. God I hate it when I miss out on something this good for so long. "Amplified Heart" is refered to as their best album, and I can easily see why. Their biggest hit "Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix)" is on here, as well as the original, and though the whole album has an electronica feel to it, it's really not. Most of the rest is just kind of smooth acoustic pop, and reminds me a bit of "Sade". Anyway, it's very pleasing to listen to, and I find her voice soothing and comforting. The two songs I currently like the most are "Troubled Mind" and "We Walk The Same Line", both done very well. This album is a must for any collection, even if you have everything but "Everything But The Girl". ... Read more

158. Tarzan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
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If anyone belongs in the "Whatever Happened To?" category of a game show, it's Phil Collins. Back in the 1980s, Collins was everywhere, having retinkered Genesis into a smooth, hit-making machine and embarking on a solo career that redefined adult contemporary music. He's still been busy, but nowhere near the spotlight. His latest project has been writing five songs for Disney's animated Tarzan. "You' ll Be in My Heart"--presented here in two versions, one with actress Glenn Close--is exactly the sort of ersatz orchestrated power ballad you expect from this sentimental guy. A duet with 'N Sync in "Trashin' the Camp" (also issued in two versions) is Phil's concession to the kids. Producer Mark Mancina's instrumental score mixes the expectant ambient sounds of the jungle with the slowly unfolding sounds of daybreak and jungle rhythms (provided by Collins on drums) that denote inevitable conflict. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A triumph for Phil Collins and Mark Mancina
Disney's animated film "Tarzan" marked a bold departure from the typical format for the studio's highly successful series of animated musicals. Instead of having the characters burst into song (as in "Lion King" or "Beauty and the Beast,") most of the songs in "Tarzan" are sung by an off-camera voice. This device works brilliantly in the film, and that is due, in great part, to the outstanding work of singer/songwriter Phil Collins. This CD collects his songs from the film, together with the orchestral score by composer Mark Mancina.

The disc is excellent from start to finish. The opening track, "Two Worlds," superbly sets the stage for a tale which is grand in scope, yet also concerned with the gentle intimacies of family life. Collins delivers superb vocal performances on each selection; he brings passion and tenderness to songs which, ultimately, tell a very moving story about love, loss, and loyalty. Collins' songs are nicely complemented by Mark Mancina's fine score.

The character of Tarzan is an international cultural icon who has been depicted in many different media over the decades. And Disney's version is, I believe, one of the best. The superb work of Phil Collins and Mark Mancina is integral to this compelling new take on the Tarzan legend. Serious fans of film music will want this disc for their collections.

5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Original
ONE: Two Worlds (Movie)

This one starts out with a great deal of drumming, and at first, one wonders where the song is. But when it comes, it's such a great build up to the lyrics, you're thrilled it took them awhile to get there. The deep of the music compared to the higher-voice quality of Phil Collin's singing is excellent and enthralling. Some quiet-down drums in the middle can be seen as distracting, but when the song comes back, you don't really care anymore. Excellent!

TWO: You'll Be in My Heart (Movie)

Sweet. The tone has a lullaby sort of quality, and the background chanting makes for a soft and adorable piece. And yet the lyrics are deeper than that, and draw ones attention easily. A lovely piece and a great mold-breaker for Phil as well.

THREE: Son of Man

This one starts, and you all ready love it, from the moment Phil begins with his abrupt "hup!" in crashes the beautifully exciting music. Great music and even better lyrics. With the jungle-like beat background, stunning music over-tone and words like "in learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn" this makes for an instant favorite!

FOUR: Trashin' the Camp

Well, obviously, this isn't meant to be taken seriously, but even so, from a musical perspective, this song is in short, fun. I think, especially if you've seen the movie and the scene that goes with it, you'll get a kick out of it. It's a great deal of fun to sing, and with the corky sound effects throughout it, also a amusing one to hear.

FIVE: Strangers Like Me

Probably one of my absolute favorites on this CD. It is yet again filled to the brim with more meaningful lyrics than are usually found in Disney soundtracks. Lyrics like "It all means something, and yet nothing to me" are more original than I'd given it credit for, on face-value. The yet-again jungle-like drums are not annoying or tedious, but actual pack quite a bit of intrigue. Quite worth a hear, this track.

SIX: Two Worlds Reprise

Granted, this one is short, but I still like it a great deal. It carries some new lyrics not yet heard in the ongoing "Two Worlds" theme, and some cracking good lyrics too. After the quick upbeat at the beginning, however, it slows to nothing but some quiet wind-drum and the panpipe. Again, short, but I still liked it a very great deal.

SEVEN: Trashin' the Camp (Phil Collins & *Nsync)

Yet again, like FOUR this one isn't at all meant to be taken seriously, but it is, if possible, even more fun. It's great to sing when you're goofing off, and really quite hilarious in general. *Nsync and Phil mix surprisingly well, and make for a comical track with surprisingly good harmonies added in. Original and fun!

EIGHT: You'll Be in My Heart (Single)

Though it owns most of the same lyrics as TWO, this one I ended up liking even better, though for different reasons. It is suddenly lacking the lullaby quality, and is louder, with more of the Single Version feel to it. This one you really feel the right to get into, unlike TWO which is just a neat thing to listen to. You'll be lip-syncing, I promise you!

NINE: Two Worlds

This one, as far as the song goes, is nearly verbatim to ONE, but I liked it more, and rather wish it'd been track one, instead of the Movie version of Two Worlds. It's the same words, sung a lot the same, but it's amazing how much of a difference the music can make in such situations. Not only are the somewhat distracting drumbeats missing from the climax of this one, but the backup sound is so much stronger and really much more satisfying. All-in-all, perhaps the best song on the CD.

TEN: A Wondrous Place (all music)

Very beautifully-done piece of music with both originality and jungle-beat. Excellent follow-up on the theme throughout this Soundtrack.

ELEVEN: Moves Like an Ape, Looks Like a Man (all music)

Well, if you don't like bongos there's a great likelihood you wont like this track, since it's mostly that. But I found the jungle-like quality unique and fascinating. It's mellow enough to keep your mind at rest, but exciting to keep you drawn in. And then, later, when the woodwind flutes enter the music, in high-toned melody of the more emotional kind, you like the track all the more. Beautifully done.

TWELVE: The Gorillas (all music)

Again, very intriguing with jungle sort of background. In some ways, similar to the elements in the other all-music tracks, but with some lower beats of its own. Not all that long, or at least it doesn't seem long, but certainly worth a hear.

THIRTEEN: One Family (all music)

This one starts quite sadly, with tragic sort of instruments strumming against the drumbeats. Then, later on, it becomes a more beautiful sort of hopeful feel, when the higher electric piano solos the melody to TWO, which slowly is joined by IceRain-type instruments, that give a beautiful "The Jungle at Night" sort of feel. Gorgeous piece, probably the best out of the four all-music tracks.

FOURTEEN: Two Worlds (Finale)

After a fair amount of ado in the form of many bongo drums and various other jungle-feel instruments, we hear a quite satisfying final cut of the "Two Worlds" song, which certainly gives a hopeful end to the whole CD, bringing the music from the beginning back to the end. A brilliant way to end the Soundtrack.

OVERALL: The Tarzan Soundtrack

On the whole, this CD is excellent. Original lyrics, and a style not heard in normal soundtracks, and certainly not Disney's soundtracks. If you like the main song and jungle instruments at least semi-well, you'll certainly love this CD.

Go ahead and get it; you'll really love it!

RATING: 5 stars

And it deserves every one; Disney's never done better!


2-0 out of 5 stars Yeesh
While other artists like Brian May and Peter Gabriel have tackled serious and very good soundtracks (The Road Warrior, Passion) Phil Collins has turned out a silly and largly forgettable collaboration with Mark Marcina. Of cource its for a Disney film (an apparent indication of how low Phil can go).

4-0 out of 5 stars Phil & The Ape Man
1999's "Tarzan" movie soundrack isn't really a "proper" Phil Collins album, per se, but Phil does contribute some wonderful tunes to the soundtrack, as well as some killer tribal rhythms & beats that perfectly fit this animated Disney hit about the legendary ape man. Of course there's the gorgeous "You'll Be In My Heart," for which Phil won his well-deserved Oscar for Best Song, but also the equally-powerful "Two Worlds," the fun "Trashin' The Camp," and the skillful pop of "Son Of Man" and "Strangers Like Me." There's also incredible orchestral music that makes up the album's second-half, written by Mark Mancina, which Phil contributes drums to.Okay, so I could've done without NSync's guest duet with Phil on the second version of "Trashin' The Camp," but otherwise, this is a marvelous soundtrack album, with some classic Phil Collins music. The "Tarzan" movie soundtrack is a very swingin' disc in my book.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Exuberant Tarzan-like "Yell" For this WONDERFUL CD!
This CD is already deep in my heart, and I just heard it for the first time last night!

If you like Phil Collins, if you like beautiful music, beautiful Broadway show style music (not the "bang-bang" noise of so much of today's music) then you will go out of your mind over this CD.

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159. Ultimate Daryl Hall & John Oates
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4-0 out of 5 stars At Last!
Finally...the best of ALL the great Hall & Oates songs over the years, spanning the various record labels in one great package with strong remastered sound. Taken in chronological order, this set begins with the blue-eyed soul of classics like "Sara Smile" and "She's Gone" and contains crucial minor hits from the RCA years like, "Do What You Want, Be What You Are," "Wait For Me," and my personal favorite, "It's A Laugh." Soon the duo was a hit-making machine, and the huge singles make up the bulk of what's here, although the album cut "Every Time You Go Away" was indeed the #1 hit for Paul Young in 1985, and it's one of Daryl Hall's finest vocal performances. The hit cover of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is also essential, as is the cover of Mike Oldfield's "Family Man." Chart success was sporadic by the late 1980's and early 1990's, although there are some great tracks near the end of the second disc, like "Don't Hold Back Your Love" and the cover of "Starting All Over Again," a big hit for Mel & Tim. The recent "Do It For Love" shows that H&O can still do great things with a strong pop hook. Highly recommended, and a quantum leap in sound and selection over previous imports and stateside collections which didn't include the full roster of hits and strong album cuts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything Your Ears Desire
With 6 # 1 songs, 10 additional top 10 singles and a string of gold and platinum albums, Daryl Hall and John Oates have rightfully earned their place in rock history as the most successful duo in music, a title they still hold 20 years later. And while their chart appearance is sporadic these days (their single "Do It For Love" ascended to the top of the Adult Contemporary charts 2 years ago). This 2 - disc set keeps the extraordinary legacy alive.

Disc 1 has all the stuff from the early years. Just about all the hit singles from their first 9 chart years are here. Songs like "She's Gone", "Sarah Smile", "Rich Girl", "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" still sound as fresh and vibrant as they did 20 years ago. And don't overlook lesser - known early material like "Las Vegas Turnaround" and "It's A Laugh", not to mention their stunning cover of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling".

Disc 2 continues with their bigges hits from the 1982 - 85 period, starting with their signature song "Maneater", which still remains one of the best songs of the 1980s'. My other favorites from this period are "Out Of Touch" and "Method Of Modern Love". Their later work is not to be overlooked by any means. The Jon Bon Jovi co - written "So Close" is absolutely brilliant. And their cover of the Mel and Tim classic "Starting All Over Again" and "Do It For Love" prove they still have it.

This is probably the best collection of Hall and Oates hits money can buy. It doesn't leave any hit out. It's what you might call an essential album by two of the greatest artists of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hall & Oates' all-time greatest hits
This collection features Daryl Hall's and John Oates' thirty-seven greatest,biggest and most memorable recordings,spanning three decades(1973 to 2002). Most compilations feature several original tracks but this is one of the few to feature all previously released material. If you're a fan of pop/rock,R&B,or both,this album is a must. The studio version of WAIT FOR ME appears in this collection. A live version appears on 1983's ROCK 'N SOUL PART 1. Since RNS,H&O released BIG BAM BOOM(1984),OOH YEAH(1988),CHANGE OF SEASON(1990) and MARIGOLD SKY(1997). Five years after MS,H&O released an album with the track DO IT FOR LOVE(track 17 on CD 2)on it. H&O began recording on the Atlantic label,then moved to RCA,then Arista. If H&O hadn't yet been inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame,they should be now. Keep up the great music,guys!

5-0 out of 5 stars That '80s' Show
With 1980s' superstars like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Lionel Richie having greatst hits releases churning out like clockwork, odds are that it would only be a matter of timme before the superstar of the 1980s' Daryl Hall and John Oates would get their own "definitive collecion". Well, they did and the result is a two - disc filled with timeless music that still bristles with freshness more than 20 years later.

No matter what your favorite Hall and Oates song is, it's unlikely that you won't find it here. Whether you enjoy the smooth Motown - style groove of "Maneater" , the bouncy New Wave - style "Private Eyes", the infectious hook of "You Make My Dreams" or the pleading "Say It Isn't So" (my personal favorite), everything is here that you could possibly ask for. Hardcore fans will be happy to know that some unrecognized singles and album tracks have been included, such as "Las Vegas Turnaround", "When The Morning Comes", "Camelia", "Do What You Want, Be What You Are", "It's A Laugh" and "Your Imagination". The only singles missing from this album are "It's Uncanny", "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts" and the medley of "The Way You Do Things To Do" and "My Girl" with Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin from their 1985 live album. But who really remembers those?

This is a great collection of timeless music that should be cherished by all music fans. I also suggest picking up the albums "Voices", "Abandoned Luncheonette", "Ooo Yeah", "H20" and "Private Eyes".

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish On My List
What an album! There's absolutely everything in here! Every single ever released! I bought it recently from my retailer and besides that the price is kinda high, it's worth every second... I admired Hall & Oates back in the early eighties and still do. I admit that they were the world's most famous duo. Certainly at that period of time. I wondered how they managed to make real catchy singles everytime. I'm only thinking of Kiss On My List (my real introduction), I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Private Eyes & Did It In A Minute. From there on, it was clear to me that they had the most hitpotention, because really every tune they made, was a hit!
Out Of Touch was tremendous... and for me, the closing of a personal period. I am also in search of their 12 inch collection (2-CD's, Japan releases. Anyone who knows how I can get my hands on that?!) but it's hard to get. They take a special place in my heart forever... Thanks guys, for making such inspirational music (Voices album) for me in the eighties... ... Read more

160. The Lion King: Special Edition
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Sales Rank: 2358
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE LION KING!
Lion King is a great movie with great music! First there's the full-of-spirit "Circle of Life", performed by the wonderful Carmen Twillie and Lebo M., and another version performed by Elton John, as well. Then there's the lively "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", performed by Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson as Zazu and Laura Williams as Nala. "Be Prepared" is the song that warns us about Simba's evil uncle's plans of becoming king. "Hakuna Matata" will always be a classic,with Timon and Pumbaa telling about how to live a worry-free life. And the lovely "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" as a perfect love song, also performed beautifully by Elton John. It's a great soundtrack for fans of the movie or beautiful music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lion King Reigns!
"Lion King" is a different kind of classics. It is not so much like Snow White or Cinderella. Tim Rice, 1992 Academy Awarding-winning lyricist, is joined by Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performer Elton John, and composer Hans Zimmer for the production of the soundtrack that adds magic and polished touch to the tear-jerking animated picture of 1994.

Philosophical but jubilant "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata" become the kids' all-time favorite sing-along songs. Elton John, the king of soft rock, whose debut Disney motion picture theme "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" has inevitably captured (amd melted) so many souls!

Never a soundtrack ever provokes and adds such emotional touch to the picture so much like "Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" does. Disney storytelling music has simply met the musical power of the men behind the scene.

5-0 out of 5 stars King of all cd's
By far the best soundtrack will be the original soundtrack of the original lion king, but this Cd is a s good as can be. The morning report which takes a while to like just add's an extra bounce to this cd. If you love the lion king and missed out on the orignal cd then BUY, BUY, BUY.
If you could choose from 10 stars it would be a 10.
Awesome soundtrack and a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easily the greatest soundtrack of all time- and I mean that
Whenever I finish watching the miracle of cinema that is The Lion King, I have a problem- I want to watch it again. I realized that I wanted to hear all the dazzling music whenever I wanted. That's where this soundtrack comes in. The music is incredible. "Circle of Life" is magnificent with all of its beautiful African rhythms and powerful vocals. "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" is a nice, snazzy little number. "Be Prepared" is sinister and excellent. "Hakuna Matata" is a wonderful, upbeat piece. And then, there is the Academy Award-winning "Can You Feel The Love Tonight".

It is impossible to describe with words the beauty and passion that is the one of the two greatest pieces of music ever made (the other being Eric Clapton's "Layla".) "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" is lyrical poetry. It is amazing art in melody. Even as a grown man, it still brings tears to my eyes.

And even in addition to these, there are wonderful selections from the Oscar-awarded score, and Elton John's version of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". I would pay any price for this soundtrack. If you listen to the soundtrack, I know you will agree.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great CDs...but the Circle of Stars Circle of Life was BAD!
Even though I had viewed the movie in theaters when it first came out in 1994, I had never bought the soundtrack. With the special edition coming out, I thought it would be great to get not only the soundtrack, but some added songs too. Well, I enjoyed all the songs from the original film, as well as Morning Report (well, it was kind of cheesy in the movie, but one grows to like it). One big surprise to me was that the (as far as I knew) out-of-print CD "Rhythm of the Pride Lands" was included, complete with inserts. I don't know if this is a rarity or what, because I can't find anything like my two-pack on the internet or elsewhere. On the afore-mentioned-CD, I really liked the deleted song "Warthog Rhapsody" and the "Busa" theme. But the one thing I hated on that disc was the Disney Channel Circle of Stars version of Circle of Life. The first vocal on that track sounded like some teen boy singing falsetto. I'm serious! I stopped midway through that song, and skipped to another track it was so bad. If you haven't gotten the soundtrack at all, I do recommend you getting this, and if you can even find it, get the one labeled 2-CD and get the extremely rare Rhythm of the Pride Lands. Two CDs for the price of one! ... Read more

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