Global Shopping Center
UK | Germany
Home - Music - R&B - General Help

81-100 of 200     Back   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   Next 20

click price to see details     click image to enlarge     click link to go to the store

$11.99 $8.95 list($13.98)
81. JoJo
$13.99 $4.40 list($18.98)
82. Missundaztood
$22.99 $17.99 list($24.98)
83. Nina Simone Anthology
$13.98 $7.98
84. Baduizm
$13.98 $11.79
85. The Very Best of Kool & the
$12.99 $7.44 list($13.98)
86. Thriller [Bonus Tracks]
$13.98 $9.26
87. The #1's
$8.99 list($13.98)
88. Softly With These Songs: The Best
$14.99 $10.69 list($18.98)
89. Ultimate Toni Braxton
$14.99 $8.79 list($18.98)
90. Chain Letter
$13.99 $11.59 list($18.98)
91. Sam Cooke - Greatest Hits
$9.99 $9.49 list($18.98)
92. The Best of Anita Baker
$13.99 $7.20 list($17.98)
93. Somethin' 'Bout Love
$14.99 $9.49 list($19.98)
94. Happy People / U Saved Me
$13.99 $8.94 list($18.98)
95. O
$10.99 $7.79 list($11.98)
96. The Very Best of the Drifters
$10.99 $7.82 list($11.98)
97. Heart Break
$12.99 $9.99 list($13.98)
98. Nina: The Essential Nina Simone
$9.99 $7.00
99. Momentary Setback
$53.99 $47.58 list($59.98)
100. At the Close of a Century

81. JoJo
list price: $13.98
our price: $11.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ABV1K
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 127
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Few will accuse JoJo of being a musical revolutionary--hers is a streetwise, modern R&B sound that owes a lot to Destiny's Child and a little to opposite-ends-of-the-genre artists Angie Stone and Aaliyah--but there is a freshness about her. This, on mulling it over, is a quality that's hard to miss when you're 13. Those who haven't ventured beyond the radio hit "Leave (Get Out)," though, will want to take this self-titled debut for a spin if only to be among the first to discover an artist who's figured out how to effectively blend innocence with attitude. It's not the lyrics but the delivery that grabs hold and gives way to compulsory head-bobbing: JoJo may not be "That Kinda Girl," as we learn three tracks in, but instead of putting her point across shyly, peppering the song with flirty vocal question marks, we half-expect her to tell us to step off. The same expert ferociousness fuels "Baby It's You," which embraces sincerity--love for all the right reasons--and power-kicks materialism to the curb. It's not always the case that you can judge a CD by its cover, but with JoJo there's no harm in projecting. Sulking from inside her plastic cover, the artist seems at once woebegone and willful, menacing and mopey. Pop scenesters will do well to keep watching. --Tammy La Gorce ... Read more

Reviews (531)

5-0 out of 5 stars Crunk 2 def! Nothin but pure R&B.
I love this album! When I first bought it I thought it would be some R&B mix in with some pop, but man I was wrong. This album is straight up R&B and I'm lovin' it. This is one of my newest favorite cd along side Christina Milian's It's About Time. I love the opening track "Breezy" it's a great track. Makes you wanna go to the club and start dancing. Also her rendention of "Weak" is amazing. It really shows her vocal talents. The whole cd altogether is amazing. I'm in love with it. Her voice is incredible in each song. The whole cd has captured the purest of her talents in 14 tracks. I was even suprised to see 14 tracks, because a lot of artist put out at least 12 or 10. I love all the tracks, again. I can't stress this enough, you'll be happy for what you receive. She's not another pop star, but a great r&b songstress ready to hit the world. It's nothing but pure R&B for Jojo.

5-0 out of 5 stars And the winner is....JoJo!!!
This CD is absolutley amazing. It's R&B with hints of pop and hip hop. It's great. These are my short song reviews just to give u a taste of the great JOJO album. Please support my gurl and put her where she belongs on top. You won't be dissapointed

Breezy- Hot up-tempo song.
Baby It's You-Didn't like at first. Its kool now
Not that Kinda Girl-cute independence song. Its great
The Happy Song-Beautiful and of course...happy
Homeboy- 1 of my favs. I like how it tells a story like Sk8er Boi by Averil Lavigne(though the songs sound nothing alike)
City Lights-I aint like at first. But now is OK
Leave (Get Out!)-I'm gonna leave this alone. I can go days...
Use My Shoulder- true to heart
Never Say Goodbye- Her voice is angelic in this ballad of love
Weak-I never heard the SWV version, but if it's anything like this then they had to be the bomb
Keep on Keepin'On-Inspirational
Sunshine-Bright song
Yes or No-Hot song, tyte beat and JoJo u SKAT GURL!!!
Fairytales- self explainatory

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for the first few times.
I bought this cd after hearing and liking the song Leave (Get Out)on the radio. I listened through it a few times, and now its very dull. The only songs i can listen to now are keep pn keepin on and yes or no. Overall its an ok cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars very talented for her age
Jojo is very talented for her age because she's only 13!Not only that,she already has a hit called Leave.Here's how I rate each track: 1.Breezy-4.5/5-I don't like this one alot.It's one of my faves. 2.Baby it's you-6/5-I love this one!Her second single and in the video,Bow Bow is in it. 3.Not that kinda girl-4/5-Not one of my faves. 4.The happy song-6/5-I heard on TRL that this song is her favorite.This one is tied with Baby it's you and Use my shoulder. 5.Homeboy-4/5-Nothing to say. 6.City lights-4/5-This track is tied with tracks 5 and 3. 7.Leave(Get out)-5/5-TOO OVERPLAYED!!Her first single. 8.Use my shoulder-6/5-I love this one too. 9.Never say goodbye-3.5/5-I'm not a big fan of slow songs that's why I gave this song 3.5/5. 10.Weak-4.5/5-One of my faves. 11.Keep on keepin on-5/5-I love this song. 12.Sunshine-4/5 13.Yes or no-5/5 14.Fairy tales-4/5 ANYWAY'S THAT IS MY REVEIW OF JOJO.IF YOU TAKE MY ADVICE BUY THIS CD.You won't be disapointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars best cd ever made
(...) i am 12 and luv it. all my friend like it 2. and on the bus there is a radio and when leave comes on every one sings and every one i know that has this cd luvs it so bye it it is so worth the money.

82. Missundaztood
list price: $18.98
our price: $13.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005RFAI
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 2034
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Album Description

Asian exclusive limited edition pressing of her sophomorealbum includes one bonus track, 'Catch 22', along with abonus CD sized spiral bound 40 page 'Dear Diary' note padthat's housed together with the CD in a special slipcase.Enhanced with photo ogallery and lyrics page. 15 tracks inall. 2002. ... Read more

Reviews (489)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's not just about the pink hair anymore.
Sure, she may have caught your eye with her pink hair and fresh lyrics, but this CD offers something even more. Missundaztood is Pink's clear departure from typical music today. As she stated in an interview, she's really laying herself out on a line here. It's dangerous, but sometimes that's what it takes to succeed. Well, Pink, lucky for you - it worked!!!

Pink comes clean on tracks like "Missundaztood" (self-explicable) and the heart-wrenching "Family Portrait", about kids stuck in the middle of a divorce. This is Pink's real life story - when she wrote the song she played it to each of her parents and broke their hearts *sigh*. Other highlights are the determined "18 Wheeler", the sassy "Respect", and the rockin' number "Numb". By singling these ones out I am by no means putting down the rest of the CD - notice I haven't even included tracks 3, 4, and 5, which are all singles.

This multi-faceted album starts out fast and mellows out to allow Pink's honesty some leeway, and the CD ends just as great as it started. It's clear-cut and rockin' smooth, with a little less edge than her debut "Can't Take Me Home". That's not a bad thing, just notes the direction in which her style is leaning as she matures. Her image has also changed a little - but while her name no longer applies to her hair (pink, white, purple, black - whatever) it doesn't seem to matter anymore, Pink is all about the music. Just buy this CD and you'll see what I mean, then maybe you'll understand her. Great CD for Pink fans, or curious converts-in-the-making. For lack of a better word - THIS CD ROCKS!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pink's BEST Album!
I was really amazed when I listened to
this cd. None of the songs are similar! There are songs from
rocking numb to the blues of Misery. I have listened to this cd
for a year and I haven't got bored! And here are ratings for each song (1-10).

Get the party started: 9.5/10 Awesome Party song, good lyrics, makes u wanna move...
18 wheeler: 10/10 one of my favorites, bridge is great
missundaztood: 10/10 soft and simple and... just soo Great!
dear diary: 9.5/10: this is quite nice and catchy!
Eventually 10-/10 best slow song, far, far, far away from boring!
Numb: 9/10 Í didn't like this at firs, but it's quite nice and ROCKING!
Just like a pill: 10+/10 perfect! Best pink song! Tough lyrics, really catchy!
Family portrait: 9/10 good ballad, P!nk gets emotional...
Misery: 9.5/10 Steven Tyler is soo good in this! ...and P!nk of course. Nice blues...
Respect: 8/10 Fast, powerful, but not my favorite from the cd.
Don't let me get me 10/10 Really, really good, quite rocking, I never get bored on this!
Gone to California 7.5/10 It's nice, but too slow for me.
Lonely girl 10/10 One of my favs, great duet with Linda Perry, great chorus, great everything..
My vietnam 9/10 I like this one, nice guitarr solo in the end
Catch 22 (bonus) 9.5/10 and nice end...

4-0 out of 5 stars ...not bad...4 sum1 who disses pop & is herself a pop artist
i love this CD. I bought it mainly for Just Like A Pill and found that most of the songs on her appeal to me. The beats and sounds of this make for great party music.

i dont get why she's classified as a pop artist tho...some of the music sounds poppy, but not completely...shes more alt/punk or pop/punk...

good CD....that wraps it up

4-0 out of 5 stars this is the sound for her!
The first album was cute but this one is better. The sound she had for this album seems to fit her better. My favorite is "My Vietnam" and "Family Portrait". "Don't Let me get me" is close to home for me. This is my anthem. Her future albums should sound a lot like this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
This album is 100% better than her first one. This one has better tracks such as 'family Portrait' that is personal and lovely. 'Get the party started' is incredibly catchy and a great dance song. 'R.E.S.P.E.C.T' is a really cool song that has a good beat about it. I love all the songs on P!nk's albuma nd think that she is an talented singer that just does not care about what other people think about her!!! I think that her voice is.... fab!!! I am so happy she was discovered as a artist because i would hate to think of her as a undiscovered talent that only sings at talent shows and in her bedroom!! ... Read more

83. Nina Simone Anthology
list price: $24.98
our price: $22.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009PJPJ
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 977
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars A misunderstood and underappreciated national treasure
One of this country's most renowned singers is also one of the most misunderstood. And no, this is not a cheesy segway into her great version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Nina Simone was never as popular as she should have been due her strength of refusal to be a puppet for neither record company executives, racism, and even the audience's refusal to support a talent who refused to be pegged as either solely a jazz, soul, blues, gospel, standards, or Broadway artist. Her story in a way is similar to Tina Turner's in that she eventually got fed up and felt she needed to leave the US to make the most of her life and not to suffer some of the hardships/prejudices that some would like to sweep under the rug for people.

But what about the music? Well one listen to this remastered 2 CD collection will give any fan or future convert an overview of a versatile treasure who could sing the most tender and elegant of songs and immediately display her anger and frustration, especially when it came to issues surrounding the Civil Rights Movement. The common denominator that I found in hearing all these treasures was a certain elegance, soulfulness, and pride that left do doubt about her feelings regarding any song she was singing. On the other hand, she never resorted to the histrionics of other singers and both her pain and joy were tempered and best appreciated by listening very carefully to the way she uses silence as much as her voice to interpret any given song.

It's amazing that Simone sounds equally good in both studio productions and live performances, and this collection is peppered with many of both. In a nutshell, I think that this is a must have collection and that with the exception of a few covers towards the end of the second CD (Here Comes The Sun and Rich Girl), is perfect. Since I was not around during her most productive period, I am not sure if any of her essential songs are missing, so if you've been are a hard-core fan, consult the song list to make sure that none of your favorites are missing.

Although not relevant to this review, I think that those who love some of the artists thoughtlessly clumped as "neo-soul" artists, owe themselves the pleasure of listening to some of the masters to get a better un understanding and perspective to the music that they listen to. I am amazed by how great treasures like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and Stevie Wonder (just to name a few) still sound fresher than much of what is hailed as the cream of the crop these days. If for example, you were one of the millions that thought that Usher's latest CD was good, give the masters a listen and you may find that it would not sound odd to burn a mix that may have Prince, Lena Horne, Van Hunt, Nina Simone, Seal, and ______ (fill in with your favorite(s)) sitting side by side and the result would be more cohesive than those alleged best of compilations that records companies love to release. One listen to "Mississippi Goddam" and you may never be the same. Nina Simone died in the South of France in 2003, but her music makes her sound more alive than many of the lesser singers who self-pen themselves as "divas." Simone may have been misunderstood but with time we are all catching up to all the singers who matter and she stands at the front of that line.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterful
Fantastic compilation. However, I was very upset that my favorite Nina Simone song was excluded, the wonderful "Wild is the Wind". Why that song is not in her anthology is beyond my understanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astonishing
Nina Simone. This collection of her work might just be the best 2 disk compilation of music ever made. There is not a song on here that can be called anything but outstanding. Ms. Simone makes even the most standard of torch songs huanting and compleatly new... she takes classic blues ideal and makes them complex works of classical philosophy....

as a guy raised on indie rock and folk nina simone early on became and important break from the norm. It is impossible for anyone to not like her.... i just cant see how there could be a single human alive that would not appriciate this collection of her work in their library..... FOR THE BETTERMENT OF HUMAN TASTE PLEASE BUY THIS!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars good
This woman sings and you believe every word she is singing. She sings from her heart. She sings deep and from her gut. I feel transformed into a dark smoky lounge room when she sings. I really like her even though she sounds so sad when she sings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Social activist's career neatly summarized
Young, gifted and black, Nina Simone had a lot of things she needed to get off her chest. Racial conflict, social inequality, political aversion - the passionate subject matter of her songs is as gritty as the voice that sings them. This anthology gathers a collection of material from a variety of labels and demonstrates Simone's two-sided mentality; namely, that of musician and poet. Guided by a subjective introspection, her songs dive head first into a political pathos with an unapologetic disregard for sweetness and simplicity. Their messages are harsh and candid, brutally confrontational; their titles are explicit labels of what issues are contained inside ("I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free"; "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair"; "Strange Fruit").

But that's only half the appeal. Simone's vocal delivery - often unfathomably overcooked - produces a dark, smoky and undulating quality to the proceedings that, curiously, travels further than the material often permits. The blues-cum-gospel musical arrangements are mostly uncluttered to lend a more engaged sound as Simone protests, dismays, and wrestles to establish her communal identity in the foreground, and tinkers away brazenly on piano in the background.

Yet her delivery is just as convincing in her love songs. "I Loves You, Porgy", the album's opening track, adopts a relaxed, almost sleepy, disposition, and whose bittersweet content is perfectly reflected in Simone's beseeching voice: "Don't let him take me/don't let him handle me/and drive me mad." In addition, her talents also extended to good humor, as some of the live recordings reveal; her ability to make the audience laugh through on-stage banter is quite moving. Ultimately, Nina Simone left this earth with a much clearer chest. This compilation stows her lifetime's worth of encumbrance. ... Read more

84. Baduizm
list price: $13.98
our price: $13.98
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000005AYM
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 6135
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Badu and her large turban appeared out of nowhere in early 1997, on a murmuring, romantic album that trod the median between old-school soul and contemporary electronic R&B. Badu's songs, especially the hit "On & On" and the catchy "Certainly," recall Sade in their polished, subtle sexiness. Badu almost never raises her voice--save the occasional "ooh-wee!" exultation--but she skillfully uses repetition and chanting to empower her words. Later portraying a beautiful swamp queen, she was one of the only good things about the movie Blues Brothers 2000. --Steve Knopper ... Read more

Reviews (83)

5-0 out of 5 stars My Personal Favorite Album
Erykah Badu is a very gifted & talented singer, songwriter and actress. Her soothing blends of old-school jazz & soul influences create an amazing backdrop of seductive beats, and a distinctive vocal style. With a musical approach that contains highly mature lyrics, Badu scats her way through an album of masterpieces.

From the opening "Rimshot Intro" all the way to the closing "Rimshot Outro", Badu offers us an in depth look into her wonderful life filled with poetic visions and respected insights. "On & On" is a treasure, as is the hip-hop influenced "Apple Tree". "Otherside of the Game" is silky smooth and my personal favorite track "Next Lifetime" is a tale of reincarnated love.

Though some found "Afro" humarious, it carried a very distinct message, that Badu plays nobodys fool. Other sure fire favorites include "Certainly", "Four Leaf Clover", "Drama" and "Sometimes".

The lyrical content varies from track to track, and its nice to hear Badu's unique style of blended music put together onto one terrific album. She is definetly gifted and I hope that all her releases leave me as happy as this one in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Sleepytime Music...
Odd as it sounds, I really enjoy listening to this album when I'm sleepy. It lets me relax and eventually fall dead asleep. The rhythm and music is just so soothing and relaxing. This definatly isn't driving music if that's what you're looking for. Though some of the songs on this album sound the same, I give Erykah Badu credit because she was truley an influence in modern day r&b and soul, thus paving the way for such artists as Angie Stone and Macy Gray. She is definatly an interesting figure in the music industry, known for her body jewlery and hair raps (I remember hearing Billy Crystal commenting at the Academy Awards on her infamous hair wrap: "They finally found the last missing Oscar. It was found under Erykah Badu's wrap." LOL) Hit songs include "On & On", "Appletree" and one of my favorites, "Certainly." Another song I also enjoy is the catchy, "4 Leaf Clover" as well as the "Intro" and "Outro." "Next Lifetime" I also remember hearing on the radio and is catchy as well. So, if you're interested in modern Soul/R&B that you can relax to (Whether it be at dinner or going to bed) this CD is reccomended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Next lifetime
This is one of the best debuts ever. She put her foot in this one along with her other cds. She created a new field in R&B with her new sound. Her album can fit any mood and make you feel like a glass of wine and just relax.It starts off with the mind moving (Rimshot) and flows all the way through with hits like Otherside of the game, Sometimes, No love and maymore. This is one Cd that I can listen 2 all the way through with out pause or fast forward. She hit a home run with this one . If you like this one you will love Momma's Gun and fall in love with her latest cd Worldwide Underground its hot along with her concert.

3-0 out of 5 stars how cynical can erykah badu be?
i love badu's voice, i love the music, but i cannot stomach how her lyrics convey such cynicism and bitterness. listening to "lifetime" makes me utterly depressed that this woman in her lyrics cannot hope that she can get the man she wants in her present lifetime, perhaps a bit later than sooner. the lyrics in "certainly" give me the impression that badu deliberately preaches that alienation is her life script. has she gone through horrible relationships which reflect in her lyrics? again, i love her voice; billie holiday's sensuality comes to mind when i listen to this CD. the music is amazing; jazzy, soulful, smooth, and entralling. i'm not saying that erykah should sing about all things hunky-dory, but enough with the cynicism.

4-0 out of 5 stars A cooled debut...
Erykah Badu was part of that neo-soul movement from the mid to late 90s that were trying to make REAL R&B rather than all the bad boy hip hop kinda mess that most acts were making. 'Baduism' is a real cool debut, a nice collection of chilled, jazzy numbers about love & spiritualism etc. The main song here is 'On & On', the big single that I personally can play over and over. But there's a lot of other good stuff here, the production is inventive and Badu has a nice style. 'Next Lifetime' is a deep & meaningful song with a lot of truth. All the melodies here are real nice and the album is likely to stay in your hifi for a long time. Well Recommended for those in need of some intelligent R&B. ... Read more

85. The Very Best of Kool & the Gang
list price: $13.98
our price: $13.98
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000IJVE
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 4084
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Kool and Funky Wins The Race On This Greatest Hits CD
THE greatest hits CD to own from one of the 80s top hitmakers. Never as groundbreaking as Michael Jackson or Prince, or as flamboyant as George Clinton or Earth, Wind, & Fire, Kool & The Gang earned a steady stream of Top 10 hits throughout the decade that, heard together, indicates how quietly prevalent their sound was.

Never as popular as the comparable Ohio Players at their mid-70s peak, Kool & The Gang with producer Eumir Deodato crafted a funk/R&B/pop formula that clicked literally as the clock struck midnight to begin the 80s. They hit equally with funkier tunes and lush ballads, many with one-word titles: "Fresh," "Misled," "Cherish," "Joanna," "Tonight," and the cliched #1 hit "Celebration" (refreshed little by a house remix).

You also hear the group's bass-heavy, influential and heavily rap-sampled early hits like "Funky Stuff," "Hollywood Swinging," and the "Pulp Fiction"-featured "Jungle Boogie." Together, these songs form nearly 15 years of hitmaking that, despite personnel changes that ultimately sunk the group, stands with the best in modern classic R&B. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars All the Hits!!!
I knew Kool and the Gang was an awesome band. I grew up listening to them. But I never realize the impact that they had on modern music until I got this collection. Just hearing the songs (hits) back to back, made me respect their work even more. In a time, where R&B artists actually wrote, produced, and played their own music, what set Kool and the Gang apart from others is they had alot of crossover hits. But they never lost their funkness or koolness. Get this collection and learn to love Kool and the Gang all over again.

4-0 out of 5 stars You're Right...ALMOST the Greatest Hits
This thumping, soulful collection of one of the greatest pop/dance and R&B/Rock bands that exploded out of Harlem and took the disco craze by storm in the 70s' and 80s' is almost complete. It includes all of their songs from the funk intro era of the late 70s' to the more pop/rock mixed and synthesized dance hits they made in the 80s'...except for 'Stone Love'! How could they leave that out? There are other collections made by tons of companies that feature all of these songs plus 'Stone Love' and others that are missing, plus several remixes and liner notes. If this is your collection though, its perfect sounding and a good edition.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost "The Very Best of...
Overall, this is a very good compilation that should satisfy most listeners. However, if they really want to hear just how diverse and talented this band was, they should have included the classic, "Summer Madness" It was (and still is) a mind trip of massive Jazz/Funk/and R&B proportions. Any true Funk Aficionado should hunt for this song and give it a listen.
Also, Where is the disco era's "Open Sesame" ? The horns on this cut are ree-diculous, The nasty bass line propels this song like a freight train, and the soaring vocal harmonies are not to be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A full tilt boggie ride!
This collection by Cool and the Gang will turn your everyday living room into a funky disco tech. Immediately, as my wife and I were jamming out to tracks like Fresh, Misled, and Take It To the Top,we both were transported back to the time when roller skating on Saturday nights was so cool and so fun. This collection of hits by Cool and the Gang is a full tilt boggie ride for those of us who still love the way disco makes us move and feel. Treat yourself and buy this funky collection of hits. You won't be sorry. Enjoy! ... Read more

86. Thriller [Bonus Tracks]
list price: $13.98
our price: $12.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005QGAZ
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 1917
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan essential recording

Where Off the Wall was pretty much straight good times, Thriller introduced dread into Michael Jackson's solo work. By 1995's HIStory, this element curdled into overwhelming self-regard and out-of-touchness, but here it's bracing. While Thriller offers its share of cute ("The Girl Is Mine," a duet with Paul McCartney that was the album's first single; "P.Y.T."), the most memorable cuts remain "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," all of which meld musical imagination and worried-mind lyrics.

There's also the title track, which takes a cue from Parliament's concept pieces in employing Vincent Price to warn that nonfunky forces will "terrorize y'all's neighborhood." Thriller, of course, continues to battle with the Eagles' first greatest-hits package for the title of biggest-selling U.S. long-player ever. Bonus material on this edition includes "Someone in the Dark," from Jackson's E.T. children's album, and a Quincy Jones interview in which the producer cites "My Sharona" as the inspiration for "Beat It"--and, even better, the real-life Billie Jean's claim that Michael was "the father of one of her twins." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

Reviews (126)

5-0 out of 5 stars 5++ stars...
I give Michael Jackson's Thriller FIVE stars and I don't care for the title track, Billie Jean or Beat It (all which were world-wide hits). The album really opened the door for Michael's solo career thanks to, in part, the 25th Anniversary of Motown and the video for Thriller. At that time very innovated!!

I enjoy this album in large part because of The Girl Is Mine, Human Nature, P.Y.T and the Lady in My Life...all very R&B soulful tracks.

On the remastered versions includes behind the scenes (so to speak) with Quincy interview and a home demo for Billie Jean. As a fan of Michael Jackson-and I assure many fans agree...that this was a wonderful move by Michael and Sony. Rare tracks without going underground! :-)

Included tracks on the remastered version of Thriller are...
Someone in the Dark...track for the ET Storybook...really rare to hear. Nice slow track.

Billie Jean home demo...what can we say? a work in progress...a real treat, even for those of us who are not a fan of the track!! :-)

Voice over session from Thriller-including the never heard before 2nd verse. With Vincent Price...another wonderful treat.

and a song called Carousel...a pleasant song but I am glad that if a song had to been omitted the first time around, this song was a good choice to leave out compared to the other tracks on the album. It's another rare track if you don't get bootlegs from the underground

All in all, you can't go wrong with this cd, even if you have the first version cd because the extras and the remastered version of the original songs are well worth the money!!

5-0 out of 5 stars What A Thrill
Thriller has been a household word for almost twenty years now. The mere mention of it conjures up images of invisible footprints, Michael and gang dancing to Beat It, the huge Thriller video, and Michael's showstopping performance on the Motown 25 television special. With no less than seven hit singles, this has become the biggest seller of all time, so much so that this album has been mentioned on the cover of the Guinness Book Of World Records. With this release, Michael Jackson and Thriller have become a phenomenon.

However, you when you take away all of the awards, music videos, and tabloid stories, you are left with the music. The special edition release is a chance to listen to the music with fresh ears. The remastering is a quantum leap over the original CD release, possibly because the original CD release was rushed out. Everything sounds a lot crisper, particularly the percussion and horns. Beat It sounds absolutely majestic in this new version and the most improved song of all.

The bonus tracks are a major treat. Someone In The Dark from the ET storybook is one of the lovliest songs he's ever done. The Billie Jean demo is obviously a work in progress but is interesting. The Billie Jean demo raises the question of whether or not there are other demos and outtakes around. They would be fascinating to listen to. The Vincent Price Thriller rap is hilarious and includes the missing 2nd verse (can you dig it?). Carousel, a Michael Sambello cut is okay but having it on the original album might have disrupted the impact of the original.

The front cover of the CD package sports a stunning cover of Michael with a baby tiger. With all of Michael's subsequent appearance changes, this photo's impact is particularly striking. It's almost as if the Michael that came out with Thriller doesn't exist anymore. With this album, he was not yet named "the King of Pop" but he was probably one of the most recognized and beloved person on this planet.

Buy this CD and rediscover the Thrill.

5-0 out of 5 stars Genius!
Theres no question that this was overhyped. It doesn't matter. It deserves to be. One thing though I would like to say is that, even though this is a perfect album, I find albums like Dangerous, Bad, History and Blood On The Dancefloor to be better.

I do think this was a better follow up to Off The Wall.

Michael Jackson, the biggest selling recording artist in history, proves himself with the biggest selling album in history.

The best tracks are Wanna Be Startin Somethin, Baby Be Mine, Girl Is Mine, Billie Jean, Beat It, Human Nature and PYT!

Songs like Lady In My Life shows that he can sing beautiful ballads. The title song, "thriller" gets annoying so i skip that track often.

Michael Jackson is 100% innocent!

Visit my site:

5-0 out of 5 stars Thriller [Bonus Tracks] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [EXT
Thriller [Bonus Tracks] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [EXTRA TRACKS]~ Michael Jackson is simply put it stupendous with many memorable tracks, i.e., beat it, thriller to name a few. It is the best selling album of all time and when one listens to it one knows quickly why.

5-0 out of 5 stars 60 million copies sold, the biggest selling album of all tim
60X platinum. Need we say more? ... Read more

87. The #1's
list price: $13.98
our price: $13.98
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DD575
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 2748
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

In the path of enormously popular collections of number one singles by Elvis and the Beatles comes this crammed (seconds shy of the 80-minute mark) disc from another pop-culture icon, Diana Ross & the Supremes. 14 Diana Ross/Supremes tracks appear in some of their most vivid sound ever, while the post-Ross Supremes get their due with "Stoned Love." Ross’ Hollywood years make for the weakest music here ("Touch Me in the Morning," "Endless Love"), but disco smashes "Upside Down," "I’m Coming Out," and "The Boss" prove as smart, canny, and enduring as Supremes 45s like "You Keep Me Hangin’ On" and "Reflections." The contemporary, yet already dated, remix of "Hangin’ On" at album’s end suggests, in fact, that Ross might make one more dance-floor comeback if paired with the right behind-the-scenes team. Basement Jaxx, anyone? --Rickey Wright ... Read more

Reviews (67)

5-0 out of 5 stars Supremely Amazing, Supremely Different
Looking to start your Diana Ross and The Supremes collection? This is THE CD to do it with. Already got the hits? Well, you need this too, because the versions are different, and better than ever!

This collection is amazing and worth every penny. Unlike other compilations that have been remastered, the first 15 songs on this compilation have been REMIXED from their original 3, 8, and 16 multi-track session tapes! For those who don't know, remastering and remixing are very different. Now the songs are crystal clear, have longer fades, and the mixes are a vast improvement. They sound like they were recorded yesterday!

Another reviewer inaccurately wrote that the versions between older compilations are indistinguishable, but he is so wrong. The differences are like night and day. I guarantee it!

Harry Weinger, Andrew Skurow, Jeff Moskow and Suha Gur did an incredible job on this compilation. They must be fans because the proof is in the results. I like their past compilations on Diana Ross (The Motown Anthology, diana - Deluxe Edition, To Love Again), and the Supremes (DR&S Anthology, The '70s Anthology, Rodgers And Hart), but this time, they've outdone themselves. Thank you guys, and keep up the great work!

This collection is wonderful! It includes the best #1 hits, and a few that were #1 on dance charts, AC charts, R&B charts, and regional charts. They even mention other number ones that wouldn't fit on the single disc and TELL YOU where you can find them!

Finally, the Almighty remix is incredible. It has club hit written all over it. These guys have done the best remixes on Cher, Elton John and JLo.

Again, this is the perfect set to to have. You won't be disappointed! Buy it now!

5-0 out of 5 stars NEW AND OLD, YET STILL A CLASSIC
This collection is fabulous, and here's why:
1. This collection is strictly the number ones (Pop, R&B, AC and Dance). If you want just one collection in a neat package, this is it.

2. The songs are newly mixed for clarity and many songs have extended fades. The songs actually sound better than any other collection out there, and not slightly, the differences are truly amazing. One cannot hear the difference on a streaming download, the proof is in the purchase.

3. For those purists who want original mixes, or perhaps more hits than exist here, there are MANY Supremes collections currently available: The Ultimate Collection (Mono masters), Anthology (Stereo masters on 2 CD sets for DR&S, 70s Supremes and Diana solo), a box set, and countless others.

4. Some people are giving this CD less than 5 stars because they want the original albums (there are over 30). I don't think this CD deserves to be penalized this way. Besides, Motown's new Hip-O select line will surely re-introduce several of these albums in the near future, I look forward to it.

Bottom line: Buy this CD, it's well worth every penny...and what a great price!

1-0 out of 5 stars The New Motown Is To Blame
First of all, let me say that if nothing else the cover is beautiful and the pictures were enjoyable. I'm a young woman, however the songs that were released on this album are the same songs that I have always indenifed with the Supremes and have therefore been on compilation after compilation. Where are the previously unreleased tracks? As a buyer, this is the last time I will be sucker to nice packaging & promotion by the likes of Motown. Give us the gems that haven't seen the light of day and it would be nice to keep the ones that are already known in tact! Some of this material was downright butchered.

4-0 out of 5 stars The new mixes are Supreme! BUT --
Tracks 1 thru 14 on this CD are amazing. Track 15 is not as good as the original. Track 24 is fantastic (the new dance remix!)

BUTT - What about tracks 16 thru 23 - the Diana solo #1's???

These are unfortunately BADLY REMASTERED. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is not the wonderful mono single mix that appears on "The Motown Anthology" or even the stereo single mix from "Motown Year-By-Year: 1970". It is a murky, muddled mess that sounds like it was culled from one of the old 80s CDs.

"Touch Me In The Morning" is - criminally - the early fade rather than the sublime long fade (3:52) that first appeared on "All The Great Hits" and was mixed and remastered by Paul Elmore.

"I'm Coming Out" is slightly SPED UP! It is actually noticeable upon listening. The best mix of the single mix is to be found on the "Disco Years: Vol. 4", remastered by the guru Bill Inglot. And for the best remastered single mix of "Upside Down", you must get "Billboard #1 Dance Hits: 1980", also remastered by Bill Inglot!

Ultimately, while most of the new 1960s Supremes mixes are exciting and pleasing on the ear, the Diana Ross solo mixes on this CD are shoddy. The Diva deserves better!

5-0 out of 5 stars Diana Ross and the Supremes the #1's
I buy every every Diana Ross and the Supremes Package because Holland Dozier Holland produced the greatest songs of the 1960s.The Supremese remain tyhe best charting group in American history. 19 top ten hits including 12 number one hits in just eight years.The HDH team is the greatest American-born composers of the Rock Era., and maybe their race is the cause of them never getting grammys. All together HDH produced and wrote 12 number 1 and 27 top ten hits in four years. Only Lennon and McCartney surpass them. Each song is memorable and delicious. The remix of "You Keep Me Hangin'On" is worth buying the disc by itself. I liked some of the new re-mixes of the other songs. Diana's music was an addied bonus. Imagine what could be done with other songs by the Supremes if remixed with some verve and nerve? Each song is good,it is too bad that there were not more re-mixes. They are Supreme angels of 1960s and 1970s Rock and Soul. They just keep me and all their other loyal fans hanging on for the next re-issue. These sisters were aand are the paragons of glamour and good taste. Nobody will be unhappy with this package. The Diana Ross song are classy anbd remind us that before BET African Americans could be romantic and funky and en vogue without looking, dressing, and singing like self-hating stereotypes of demimondain in black-face. The showman ship and dedication to excellence with always made new fans for these girls from the Brewster Projects. They will never be replaced given the current crop of performers with no respect for themselve or their race. ... Read more

88. Softly With These Songs: The Best of Roberta Flack
list price: $13.98
our price: $8.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000002IVU
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 2021
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Album Description

1986 collection, deleted domestically, 11 tracks showcases her biggest ballads. Atlantic/WEA Int. ... Read more

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent (But Missing Jesse and You Are My Love)
Dang, I love Roberta Flack. That husky, soulful chocolate flavored voice, that wonderful piano playing... she is an American treasure, and unfortunately, she doesn't get the respect of today's radio programmers. That's why a Roberta's Greatest hits is an essential element in a CD collection.
This Cd has many classics, all sung in that husahed, warm voice with quiet, subtle instrumentation that made you stand up and pay attention the first time you heard Roberta's voice. "Killing Me Softly" and "The first Time Ever..." still sound as fresh as when they first appeared 30 years ago. The great Donny Hathaway, Roberta's best duet partner, makes "Back Together Again" a gem, and "Where Is The Love" is a perfect vehicle for their voices. This CD covers later Roberta work as well, when she went beyond her traidtional approach to adult-oriented reggae ("Set The night To Music", with Maxi Priest), and her misguided, but still beautiful sounding venture into disco ("Look Out Here It Comes). They are good songs, but I'm kind of stunned that the programmers of this disc chose those tracks over two of Roberta's classics, "Jesse" and "You Are My Love" "Jesse" in particular, was long a staple of Roberta's live shows, and is as elegant a recording as she ever laid down. And "You Are My Love" (again with D. Hathaway) was probably the best of their duets.
I've long wondered why Roberta, who is still a vital artist, hasn't earned the respect of the "diva-goddesses" (Chaka, Aretha, Gladys and Patti) from the neo-soul movement. With the love of live instrumentation and the recognition of the value of quiet over bombast, it seems Roberta was the true pioneer for artists like Jill Scott, Angie Stone, et al. Her music still sounds beautiful and haunting, and is waiting for a new generation to discover.

3-0 out of 5 stars I Still Got Love For Roberta, But...
...I'm just not feeling the entire CD. I got the CD because my *favorite* songs were on there (1-6 and 9). Seeing that this is Roberta Flack and all, I thought the rest of the CD would be just as wonderful as it was in the beginning, but it wasn't. The songs toward the end of the CD sound like she was just chillin' at home, jamming on a keyboard in her bathrobe. I never really liked the song "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" with Peabo Bryson; it's too corny and mushy for my liking. Roberta is actually before my time, so I may not have a profound appreciation for her like older people do. She has a nice voice and style, but the CD is only worth getting if you're a die-hard fan. But if you really think it's worth having because of the first six songs then I guess it would be worth it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Roberta - the finest voice...
I had the wonderful opportunity to see Roberta Flack live last night in NY at BB Kings. What a show, what a voice. Later, I thought about all of the songs that she did not sing, including "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," perhaps the most soft and chilling song ever recorded. I got home and listened to this CD and then this morning, I listened to her masterpiece "Killing Me Softly," at only 8 songs, some may think it's not worth buying, but it is. This happens to be her most intimate album ever and should be the first on your list. Buy this remastered hits CD after you listen to the Killing Me Softly CD (which is a better introduction to this exceptional artist). Where else can you get the beautiful "Jesse?"

5-0 out of 5 stars Start here....For your 'Roberta Flack' Collection!!!!
Probably best known for her "Killing me Softly" song (later covered by 'The Fugees'), but on closer inspection, Roberta has a presence and delicate singing tone, that shone beyond her contemporaries. "Where is the Love?" duet with Ralph McDonald is a exceptional torchbearer of a song, poignant, silky smooth vocals & hushed instruments reveal a truly sensitive side to Roberta. "The first Time Ever I saw your face" has been covered so many times before, that it's surprising that Roberta's version still remains the definitive version of this magnificent track. "Back together again" is the probably the most dance friendly track on here, with a Soul-Disco fusion being splendidly focused into a 5 minute classic. But as truly amazing as Roberta's duets were, it's the heart warming ballads that leave the lasting impression with Roberta's beautifully soothing voice, being as remarkable as any female vocalist in the last 20 years.

5-0 out of 5 stars KILLING US ALL WITH THIS WORDS...
Something that is missing today, are classical songs, with words that would take you to a different world. Today is all about the music video or the beats. But when you discover people like Roberta Flack, you will realize there is more. Robert'as finest Greatest Hits is filled with classical, inspirational songs. Her voice is so tender and sweet in a jazzy way. This album is totally worth it, and perfect to chill out night, highlights in this album are "The FIrst Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "The Closer I Get To You", Roberta Flack is one of the finest vocalist of the 21st century. ... Read more

89. Ultimate Toni Braxton
list price: $18.98
our price: $14.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DZ3FL
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 3504
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars The very best!!!
Finally we can buy a Greatest hits album from this fantastic singer. Here you'll find almost all her hits, I say this because "Spanish guitar" and "How could an angel break my heart" aren't here.
This cd contains the following tracks:
1- "Give u my heart" (with Babyface)
2- "Love shoulda brought you home"
3- "Another sad love song"
4- "Breath again"
5- "Seven whole days" (live)
6- "You mean the world to me"
7- "How many ways"
8- "You're making me high"
9- "Let it flow"
10-"Un-break my heart"
11-"I love me some him"
12-"I don't want to"
13-"He wasn't man enough"
14-"Just be a man about it"
15-"Hit the freeway" (with Loon)
16-"Whatchu need" (new song)
17-"The little things" (new song)
18-"Un-break my heart" (remixed version)

Toni has released 5 studio albums in her career. The first one was in 1993 with the tittle "Toni Braxton". The album won 3 Grammys and was certified Platinum x8 (sold 10 million copies worldwide). The second album was "Secrets" from 1996. The album was also certified Platinum x8 (sold 12 million copies worldwide) and won 2 Grammy awards. Then after some troubles with her label Toni released "The heat" in 2000. An album fresher than her first 2, once again Toni released a hit, the album was certified Platinum x2 in the U.S (sold 4 million worldwide) and won a Grammy for the song "He wasn't man enough".
In 2001 Toni released a holliday album called "Snowflakes". The album was certified Gold.
So finally in 2002 "More than a woman" came out (for me this is a very good cd) but eventhough the album was certified Gold, it went nowhere, the only single "Hit the freeway" only reached #86 in the Billboard's Hot 100. But really that doesn't mean that the album isn't good. Actually it has more hip hop but sounds very good. I think that the problem with that album is that it didn't have a good promootion and Toni was pregnant when it came out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finest Recorded Moments From One Of The Finest Pop Vocalists
Over the past 10 years, Toni Braxton has released four proper studio albums, which have each been mixed bags in terms of both genre and quality. For the most part, Ultimate Toni Braxton cuts the filler and presents a decades-worth of pop/r&b hits by one of the most recognizable voices in recent music history.

"Another Sad Love Song", "Un-Break My Heart". "Breathe Again", "He Wasn't Man Enough", "You're Makin' Me High" and "You Mean The World To Me" are all radio staples worth revisiting, and several of the songs found here, including "Let It Flow" and "Love Shoulda Brought You Home", have enhanced the films in which they were originally featured. ('Waiting To Exhale' and 'Boomerang', respectively)

As a perk, the versions of songs on Ultimate are the versions heard every 30 minutes on the radio back in the 90's. It's often disappointing to pick up an artists CD, only to realize there are an additional two minutes of the hit single(s) that you don't (and don't care to) know.

This is the only Toni Braxton release to contain her debut single, a collaboration with Babyface (not so much a duet...there's more Toni than Kenny) from the 'Boomerang' movie soundtrack called "Give U My Heart".

In addition, there are two new recordings. The fun and essential Rodney Jerkins production "Whatchu Need", is easily Toni's best song since 2000's "He Wasn't Man Enough", while "The Little Things" is a yawn-fest R. Kelly rehash of "I Don't Want To", the song he penned for her in 1996, already included on this CD.

The grand finale is a previously unreleased radio cut of the Hex Hector remix for "Un-Break My Heart".

More effort could have been put into the sleeve art, but Ultimate Toni Braxton is a solid collection worthy of a place in any pop music lovers collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars LONG OVERDUE! All of Toni's hits and rarities are on here!!
For those who lost or wore out their copy of "Toni Braxton", her debut, this album more than makes up for it! All those hits she had in the '90s and up to 2003 are on here! I still love Another Sad Love Song, Breathe Again, You're Making Me High, Unbreak My Heart and her other ballad hits. But I like her dance numbers such as "He Wasn't Man Enough", the no-nonsense "Hit The Freeway", "Give You My Heart" and others. Most of her hits were with Babyface and LA Reid, but I liked the ones she did with R. Kelly, 3 Boyz from Newark, The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins (who really funked up her sound a bit in 2000!), David Foster, Keri Lewis of Mint Condition and others. Her vocal stylings and torch-driven delivery are what make these songs listenable. I also like the new songs she did for this album too. She's overcome bankruptcy and other problems and got herself back on top with more hits as an artist and platinum albums. This album justifies what made her famous the past decade. Please get this album soon when you see it on Amazon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice album
Well this is a good album, worth your money. I liked Toni since 1996 'secret'. Very nice voice.:-) My only gripe is I couldn't back up this CD. :-(

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent One!!
I personally think that this CD is a great compilation of her greatest hits. I could not wait to go out and buy it. She has all of my favorite's on there, with the exception of "Spanish Guitar". I also enjoyed the two un-released tracks "The Little Things", and "Whatchu Need". She is a talented artist and I doubt if she is anywhere near through. So if I could sum it all up, THIS ALBUM IS A MUST BUY!!! ... Read more

90. Chain Letter
list price: $18.98
our price: $14.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007OP2DY
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 4956
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (48)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Chain Letter
Honestly if you wanna compare Brooke to Ciara I would say that Brooke has the upperhand seriously. She may not have the popularity but in the end Brooke is much more talented and diverse music wise. Im not a big fan of either but I would hold Brooke down before Ciara for the fact Brooke can sing better and her album is more diverse and creative. I have listened to both albums and honestly I liked Brooke's album better then Ciara's but thats just me. On onther note Brooke may be able to sing better then Ciara but her voice isnt strong. Brooke has a medicore voice and there isnt too many ballads she can sing besides the generic ones she has on her album. I can see a future for Brooke because she seems to take intrests in her music and I respect that, I can sense some talent shinning there. I think Brooke is a good artist but she is way too mainstream for my taste.

4-0 out of 5 stars brooke...a good start off...
I loved the album, it had its downs though, im pretty sure her taste in music ranges from pop to r&b, to a lil bit of rock. Although the album shines the most in tracks like girlfight, I want you dead, Long as you come home, cover girl, and dying of a broken heart, it couldve left out some of the tracks...

the album would have been much better if the track listing were this:

2.taste of dis
3.long as you come home
4.blah blah blah
7.ghetto superstarz
8.tell me why? (you dont love me)
9.million bucks
10.I want you dead
11.dying from a broken heart

and thats it ,i think laugh "till i cry" isnt a strong ballad like dying from a broken heart, "american girl" doesnt belong here, "pass us by" is a hard attempt at making a record, and "whatcha looking at" is forgettable, i love the album minus a few songs...
all in all its a great album must buy!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Spred the Chain Letter
Brooke valentine is amazing her songs are increditable to hell wit tha other reviews I love this cd, it has its party songs like BLah BLah BLah and it also has those songs were u just wanna slap a b!tch like GirlFight and Whatcha lookin At, but to my liking was the ballads on the cd i think it could have been more slow songs I fell in love with Laugh til I cry the first time i heard it and I want u dead are two that are very relatible so do yourself a favor and buy the Chain Letter is worth it, and for the guy who said they'd rather buy Ciara -- HEY! ciara and brooke are 2 different women of very different taste so u can't compare the 2 just because they're both from the South.

2-0 out of 5 stars Rather listen to Ciara
This album is ok that's it nothing spectacular about it.I'll pick up Ciara album before i give this a second listen.Get it bootleg don't waste your money on it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Another Pretty Face
Well, when I first heard Girlfight I thought, "now Crunk&B is da nu thing, so every pretty face who does that kinda music gets all the attention". After listening to her album I realize that she has true talent, she has voice, I also saw live perfomances and she really can handle a note, and now I love girlfight, the album is a mix between Hip-Hop, R&B Pop, Urban in general.

1 Girlfight (9/10) Im really feelin this song, I like the big boi verse, and the beat is cool.
2 Taste of dis (8/10) This is a mix between pop and R&B, its an enjoyable track, nothing special, its upbeat.
3 Long as you come home (7/10) It samples the same song that samples Angie Stone on Lovers Ghetto, its a nice track, album filler
4 Blah Blah Blah (10/10) Features the late Oil Dirty Bastard, I love this track. It samples Sweet Dreams My La Ex (Rachel Stevens) I love the chorus, everything, very catching.
5 Cover Girl (10/10) This is my fav ballad of the album, I saw her performing this song and she is really good. I luv tha lyrics, this track showcases her vocal ability.
6 Playa (9/10) Hot, upbeat, club banger, features Jermaine Dupri, sexual, thats all.
7 Ghetto Superstar (8/10) It has a strange vibe to it, the beat is rare, very upbeat, I like the vocals on the chorus.
8 Tell Me Why You Dont Love Me (9/10) I love the beat, one of the most R&B tracks of the albums, upbeat song. The chorus is so catchy.
9 Million Bucks (8/10) I like this track, it features Queen Deliz, a latin rapper, I like the chorus, and the rap verse. Upbeat song.
10 I Want You Dead (6/10) I dont like this song, it doesent sound urban, I dont like the beat. But I like her voice on it.
11 Dying From A Broken Heart (8/10) Nice ballad, it touches your soul.
12 Pass Us By (7/10) Upbeat song, with a rock beat, I like the guitar in the intro.
13 Laugh Til I Cry (6/10) Another ballad, not so good.
14 American Girl (8/10) I like this track, I like the saxo in the intro, and the beat is crazy, her voice sound fu... good.
15 Watcha Lookin At (7/10) Very R&B and Hip Hop, nothing special ... Read more

91. Sam Cooke - Greatest Hits
list price: $18.98
our price: $13.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000006389
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 2461
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Now we have Greatest Hits, a 22-song collection of Cooke's pop hits in addition to the 13-song Best Of collection and the 28-song The Man and His Music. Only The Man comes close to presenting a complete portrait of the legendary soul singer: At least there are examples of Cooke's gospel and R&B material. (Any collection without "A Change is Gonna Come" is an automatic failure.) Cooke's melodious voice and deft songwriting touch are worthy of more than a single-disc compilation. If you want just the pop smashes, the sublime ballads, and infectious mellow grooves, this set will suffice. Otherwise, The Man offers a more comprehensive and well-rounded look at Cooke's legacy. --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Main Course of Cooke
There are only two Sam Cooke compilations which I would say are comprehensive.First is the 3-record set The One And Only Sam Cooke,a mail order album by Candlelight Music(with a blue RCA label) from 1974.The second was The Man And His Music his first CD-era compilation which included the full-lenghth version of A Change Is Gonna Come.Unfortunatly these two are out of print(if any one can give me information on how to get a copy of The One And Only...please Email me).This 1998 hits collection is an essential because the tracks are remastered,bringing out the clarity in the instrumentation(especially the strings and french horn on Cupid)and also the inclusion, for the first time in the digital era,Frankie & Johnny,Send Me Some Lovin'(a Little Richard cover),and That's It-I Quit-I'm Movin'On.Unfortunatly,the omission of Another Saturday Night,Ain't That Good News,When A Boy Falls In Love,Good Times and of course the transcending A Change Is Gonna Come, shows like other Cooke hits that a two disc set or a box set is the only way to truly represent this man's body of work.As long as you have the man's beautiful voice on any digitally encoded piece of aluminum,any Sam Cooke is essential.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cooke's Hit's Packages with only the main course.
There are only two Sam Cooke compilations which I would say are comprehensive.First is the 3-record set The One And Only Sam Cooke,a mail order album by Candlelight Music(with a blue RCA label) from 1974.The second was The Man And His Music his first CD-era compilation which included the full-lenghth version of A Change Is Gonna Come.Unfortunatly these two are out of print(if any one can give me information on how to get a copy of The One And Only...please Email me).This new hits collection is an essential because the tracks are remastered,bringing out the clarity in the instrumentation(especially the strings and french horn on Cupid)and also the inclusion, for the first time in the digital era,Frankie & Johnny,Send Me Some Lovin'(a Little Richard cover),and That's It-I Quit-I'm Movin'On.Unfortunatly,the omission of Another Saturday Night,Ain't That Good News,When A Boy Falls In Love,Good Times and of course the transcending A Change Is Gonna Come, shows like other Cooke hits that a two disc set or a box set is the only way to truly represent this man's body of work.As long as you have the man's beautiful voice on any digitally encoded piece of aluminum,any Sam Cooke is essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mellow, Melancholy, and Magnificent--That's Sam Cooke
There was something about Sam Cooke's music that made it both joyous and wistful simultaneously. Just listen to "Cupid" or "Wonderful World" or even the infectious "Having A Party," and you readily detect a melancholia in the chord progressions, melodies, and vocals. His songs were not complex, but then complex does not always equate with greatness. There is also a vast difference between "simple" and "simple-minded." Unlike the grossly overrated Elvis Presley, for example, the majority of whose songs were just plain simple-minded both musically and lyrically, Cooke wrote and sang simple but beautiful melodies with very nice lyrics. It is a shame that Cooke died so young. By most accounts, Cooke was not a man who was self-indulgent or self-destructive. All the more reason why his murder was so shocking. One apparent indiscretion resulted not only in his death but also in the tarnishing of his otherwise pristine character. But Cooke shouldn't be remembered for the allegedly imprudent behavior he exhibited during the final hours of his life. Rather, he should be remembered for his life and artistic contributions in totality. He had a nice voice and good musical taste. He appealed to all ages and races. In fact, whenever I think of Sam Cooke I often think of Bobby Darin as well: both very original, appealing, sophisticated, creative talents whose stars were extinguished long before their time.

5-0 out of 5 stars sam cooke
fast service and a great product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything most fans will need
I'm not really sure how to grade this album.

I like Sam Cooke's music, but I'm not THAT big a fan, so for me this is really more of a four-star album. But as far as Sam Cooke-collections go, it is superb, spanning all his best and best-known "secular" songs (the gospel material isn't here). And considering that this is some of the best, most influential soul music ever recorded, I suppose "Greatest Hits" deserves a five star rating (although these studio recordings don't have the nerve of the live renditions on Cooke's magnificent "Live At The Harlem Square Club" album).

As I said, everything the casual fan needs is here. Soft, tender ballads...almost too sweet at times, but Cooke was a black man trying to make it in a world dominated by often-prejudiced white people, and sweaty R&B was not yet quite acceptable among white listeners.
And even though they may leave holes in your teeth, it's hard not to enjoy catchy, soulful little pop songs like "Win Your Love For Me", "Only Sixteen", "Love You Most Of All", "Sugar Dumpling" and "Cupid". And Cooke does rock for real on the classic R&B-workouts "Twistin' The Night Away" and "Having A Party".

Besides, you listen to "Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha" and tell me that's not about sex.

Everything on this greatest hits-package is good, most is great, and a few songs are even superb, such as Cooke's bluesy "Bring It On Home To Me" and the lovely little pop gem "Cupid".

Get it. You'll recognize many more songs than you think. ... Read more

92. The Best of Anita Baker
list price: $18.98
our price: $9.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000066RM4
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 1101
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (40)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's about time!
Ok, first off, I do not have this CD. Not yet, anyway. I have waited for an Anita Baker greatest hits album for AGES and now there finally is one!

But(and this is a HUGE but!), my mom absolutely, positively DESPISES Anita Baker and if she finds out that I have this CD, she will burn all my CDs. No joke! She actually said this to me! She says that Ms. Baker is the worst singer in the world and that she should NEVER have gotten a recording contract. In fact, her and Janis Joplin are the only two singers that my mom totally hates.

Anyway, I am glad to see that all of her biggest hits are on this CD. No song(to my knowledge, anyway) has been left out. I notice that some of the songs are the single versions, which wuldn't bother me since I have never heard an actual Anita album, just heard the songs on the radio.

I will be on the lookout for this CD every time I go to a CD place until I finally see it. Of course, I'll have to hide it from Mommie Dearest.

Lastly: Anita, where's the new album?

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Collection of Anita Baker's hits but needs improvement
I bought this collection after given up finding Anita Baker's 1986 album in the used plie of my music store. And what a collection it features most of her hits from 1983-1994. Three songs Angel You're the best thing yet and no more tears are from the rarely heard Songstress album that Anita debuted in 1983. Then there are Anita Baker's big hits Sweet Love and Caught up in the Rapture from where the Rapture album got it's name. The weakest track is Ain't no need to worry which should've never made it onto the the album. Why did the Winans need Anita's voice in the song. THIS AIN'T A WINANS ALBUM It could have been replaced with Watch your step and Mystery. Givin' you the best that I got is a wonderful ballad with a beautiful piano intro and is simply stunning. The last part covers some songs from Anita's last album Rhythm of Love. The jazz tinged second single Body and Soul is just simply wonderful and I apologize is the big single about a fight gone wrong Remember the video? The track which is the weakest link on this half is It's been you. I don't know why that song was rarely hard on the radio. The only tracks missing is the theme from NBC's Mad about you and Perfect Love affair but after all a good cd get it while you can,

4-0 out of 5 stars IM NOT HAPPY

I have to say that this Anita Baker album is beautifully done, compiling her best songs from five albums and other places! Still love the Rapture tracks on here! The ones from Giving I still love and the later albums. But most dramatic are the selections from the first album. They set the tone for what would make her a superstar 10 or more times over! Angel, You're The Best Thing Yet, and No More Tears are such beautiful songs. Her quiet storm approach not only appealed to adult listeners but suprisingly young listeners who also wanted to hear a good voice too. I wished that her '94 album could have had more hits, but her label was onto some other things at the time. This album justifies her many talents and they chose the 18 best songs for this collection. Anita Baker can sure sing it!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Quiet Storm that Stood out --Simply the BBBEEEESSSSSSTTTTT
What can I say that isn't already said about this AMAZING woman. The Best of Anita Baker is a compilation of her best work and althought there are couple songs missing you sense, thats part of her MO. Giving her listeners and her fans enough -for them to want more. If you know her classic cds like the "Rapture", "Rhythm Of Love","Songstress" "Giving You the BEST That I Got" and her others she never goes over 15 songs like today artist. There were never any fillers on her cds its always her best work that is from her soul at that point in time and the end product is ever a capsule of classic soul and R&B with a fusion of jazz and instruments harmonized that gifted voice. Never got the credit she deserves like the Whitneys, Mariahs, Janets, Celines, Pattis, Arethas, Madannas who acholades are so richly deserve but lets not forget about the divine Ms ANITA BAKEr "a quiet storm" that came through and left her soul through her music and I am happy that she did.

1) BOdy and SOUL (The title speaks for itself one of my all time favorites)
2)Fairy TALES
3)I APOLIGIZE (Soothing words to say after resolving a complicated issue with a love one)
4)Caught Up In The Rapture (CLASSIC!!!!-enough said)
5)You bring Me Joy
6) Same OLE LOVE (Amazing)
7)Good Love
8)You're the Best Thing Yet
9)NO More tear (To me one of her best written song that should have gotten more airplay--classic words)
10) Giving you the best that I got
12) Sweet love
13) Ain't No need to Worry (Love this song with the Winans)
14) Its been you (OHHH love this song)
15) No One in the World
16)Lead Me into Love

I simple had to list all the songs on the cd because writng a couple would do no justice to this cd--SIMPLY A MUST HAVE --I don't know what took me so long to gte this cd but I am happy I did. Anita you are one of the greatest in my eyes keep blessing the world with that divine voice. ... Read more

93. Somethin' 'Bout Love
list price: $17.98
our price: $13.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00024I376
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 3131
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (42)

4-0 out of 5 stars Funky Christian Music
Fred Hammond gained my appeal when he was with Commissioned. I love Christian music that is soulful with a strong message that honors, glorifies and praises Jesus Christ. This CD does just that. The instrumentation is top notch and catches your attention first, then on the second and subsequent listens, you hear strong messages of salvation, redemption, peace and more. I listened to 30 second samples of some of the songs and read reviews to help decide if I wanted to purchase this CD. The samples do no justice to how beautiful the songs really are and the quality of the lyrics. You really have to trust that Fred is a true artist, musician and God-filled man. The CD contains quality, uplifting, soulful and peaceful music. You will find at least 4 to 5 top-notch songs here. Thank you, Fred for your inspiration and contribution to great Christian music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Put 'cho hands togetha'...
... for this phat project. Fred has done it once again. Somethin' bout Love is surely one of his best. The lyrics are heartfelt and the production is off the charts. I can't keep this one out of the CD player much like I did with Purpose, POL 1&2, and Commissioned Reunion. This album has somewhat of a Commissioned feel but on a higher plane. If you don't got it you better get it. It compliments TONEX's out the box real well.

Noteworthy songs include..
Celebrate(He Lives)
Not Just What You Say
Lord We Need Your Love
A Closer Walk
Your Love Is
What Can I Give?
How Do You Love That Way?
Your Name Is Jesus

5-0 out of 5 stars 10 Stars
If there were a way to give this CD ten stars I would. "Something Bout Love" falls right in line with what I have come to expect for this minister of praise and worship. Listening to a Fred Hammond CD always stirs up the spirit. I always come away with the realization that this artist has a definite love for the Lord and it urges me to go higher. I am never disappointed with a Fred Hammond release.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another reaffirmation of Fred's genius
Fred Hammond is one of the most gifted songwriters/arrangers/musicians on the planet. His songs never fail to uplift and inspire, nor do they ever get old.

I applaud Fred for trying something different with the praise and worship vibe of his previous project, but Somethin' 'Bout Love finds him in his true element of classic and contemporary soul/R&B arrangements, with plenty of melodies to help The Message stick with you. This set is a true extension of the musical ideas and themes found on the original Pages Of Life.

Any missteps here? If one had to nitpick, it could be argued that the Stevie Wonder tune Love's In Need has already been covered to death; but even then, Fred's arrangement manages to breathe life into that old soldier.

But again, that's nitpicking.

This is Fred's best project since the original Pages Of Life...and that's saying something, since no one has yet topped that one in artistic continuity -- including Minister Hammond himself. But Somethin' 'Bout Love comes mighty close to at least equalling that masterpiece, and belongs in your spiritual and/or mainstream music collection. It really is a wonderful piece of work that will stand the test of time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vintage Fred
Fred Hammond still impresses me with his musical spiritual insight and abilities. His life experiences, trials and tribulations definitely are spoken through his words. I think any person could enjoy the musical talents of Fred Hammond. He is my favorite artist. I believe he is the best!! You will not be disappointed with Somethin''Bout Love. Fred Hammond continues to improve and gets better with age. All of Fred's music is worth purchasing and they are rated 5's in my book. The words relates to spiritual struggles this why I enjoy his music. Purchase Somethin''Bout Love. It's worth it!!! Believe me!!! ... Read more

94. Happy People / U Saved Me
list price: $19.98
our price: $14.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001VOHH0
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 2341
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

R. Kelly is arguably one of R&B's most productive minds in years and the Chicago native creates music at a pace that few artists in any genre could keep up with. "Happy People/U Saved Me" serves as Kelly's own personal "Best of Both Worlds"--highlighting both the singer's love for stepping (a Midwest-based dance craze) and need for salvation. "Happy People" is the more upbeat of the two discs with Kelly taking on the persona of the Weatherman, a DJ on the fictional LOVE radio station. The album's title track and lead single is a perfect introduction to its infectious sound. Similarly, the midtempo groove of "Red Carpet (Pause, Flash)" will have stepping experts and novices headed straight to the dance floor. While the recurring stepping theme quickly becomes repetitive, you can't help but groove all the way through.

Unfortunately, the same can't be said for "U Saved Me." The message-heavy disc sacrifices Kelly's raw talent for melodrama. Songs like "I Surrender" and "Prayer Changes," while expressing a sincere sentiment about believing in something greater than yourself, are a little overwhelming. That said, this disc's title track is a rousing musical tale of overcoming obstacles with the help of God--complete with a rising choir. In the end, "Happy People/U Saved Me," like most double albums, has both its highs and lows. --Rashaun Hall ... Read more

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Gifted
Hard to reconcile the "bad press" that had been a part of the essence of R. Kelly, but there is always something very odd about people who are tremendously gifted. R. Kelly has the dubious distinction of being tremendously gifted and he is operating in the area of his tremendous talent--music. His genious has definitely found it's outlet and this 2 CD set is just ear candy, plain and simple. The Happy People CD just makes you smile. I listen to it at work with my earphones on, and I must appear very bizarre to my co-workers because I'm just'a smiling to beat the band. The U Saved Me CD is music for the soul, and I wind up being "very vocal" when I am playing this CD--much to the chagrin of my co-workers. The best he's made, and the only one he has ever made that I, a mature woman, would buy and listen to from start to finish...and then start it all over again. Truly something for everyone. ... Read more

95. O
list price: $18.98
our price: $13.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007GAEY4
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 1089
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Two years after teen heartthrobs B2K threw in the towel, Omarion, their vocal center of gravity has resurfaced with his solo debut, the aptly titled O. Despite such high wattage producers as the Neptunes and Rodney Jerkins, the toothsome singer sounds much the same as he did when he fronted the boy band, except some of the tracks are a little racier than the stuff his former outfit put out. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when you get lost in the ardent yearning of a track like "Slow Dance." But it's not the love jams that shine here, it's the more winsome, autobiographical stuff like "Growing Up," which tries to explain the break-up of his band, the lighter than air "I Wish," and the brazen "Never Gonna Let You Go (She's A Keepa)," which feels like it was pulled right off a Commodores album from the roaring '70s and features some wicked back-up verbage by Outkast's Big Boi. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

Reviews (33)

1-0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money!!!!!!!!
Crap is all thay i can say about this release!! At this point the album is only gold and not even in billboards top 50 albums, which shows that this CD isn't moving units like expected. Usher got the audience, Omarion is just a jester in Usher's court. Save your money and download this crap>

5-0 out of 5 stars O
I bought this album 3 weeks ago. I must say that this album is wonderful from beginning to the end. the album is packed with equal doses of ballads and mid-temps and allows listeners to peep his flavor. The album reflects the music he has been listening to all his life-old school mixed in with the new. This album should be promoted because it is that good. Remember,this was this year's#1 album hopefully.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Solo Album
I am very impressed by Omarion's talent. He can really sing and I love all of the slow songs. Growing Pains is definitely one of my favorites because it just shows you that you can't depend on your friends. You have to watch out for yourself. I love this CD and I am over 25!

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by A Potentially Good Artiste
Finally I managed to listen to Omarions Album in its entirety and it really disappoints me to say that this is a really weak album. When I heard the first release from the album 'O', I really thought yes, Omarion is here to give Usher/Mario some competition but I was wrong. This album for me is instantly forgettable. I have followed Omarion since the B2k days, he was definitely the guy with the talent there, he looked good, he can dance like crazy and he could sing a little but put him out there on his own with the wrong material and no backup group and this album just seems to be all over the place. Vocally, he's no Mario or Usher and there was no point in giving him songs to stretch his vocal range because you can clearly hear on the album that he is straining on some of the songs. This is a bad idea for someone like Omarion who is more a 'vybe', 'staccatto' type of singer - in other words, the type of songs that he needs to sing are songs that flow like raps - almost singing raps. I really didn't enjoy this album like i thought I would which is disappointing because Omarion is my boy! Please hook him up with some different producers and don't give him songs that are way above him. Omarion deserves to be out there because he's got something that a lot other so called stars only dream - and thats charisma. People love him, so please, please, please do a better job on his second album. I can understand the need to give him slightly more mature songs as he comes more of age but the songs have to fit his vocal style and range and i'm sorry to say, not many of these songs do, in fact on some of them he sounds like he's in real pain and in danger of messing up his voice - No disresect to Omarion, I blame the people around you. I know it will be right next time.

1-0 out of 5 stars GARBAGE!!!
Why? All I can ask is why! I tried to listen to this album but I couldn't even get all the way through it. I just started screaming. The only decent song on this CD is "O" the title song. Come on Omarion...I'm sure u got more talent than that. Then again....maybe you dont. ... Read more

96. The Very Best of the Drifters
list price: $11.98
our price: $10.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000032ZQ
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 3596
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

A by-the-numbers, chronological collection that hits all the commercial highlights of the Drifters' Golden Era (1959-64)--after the frequently dazzling early records with Clyde McPhatter, but featuring the consummate vocal stylings of Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis, Johnny Moore, and more on 16 memorable hits. Among the pinnacles: "There Goes My Baby," the record whose unsettling, soaring strings launched the soul era; the romantic perfection of "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," and the contagiously catchy, Latin-bouncing "Sweets for My Sweet;" and the eternally evocative cityscapes of "Up on the Roof," "Under the Boardwalk," and the stark, gritty "On Broadway." Sleepers include the heartrending Bacharach ballad "Please Stay," "I Count the Tears" (ripped off later on the Grass Roots hit "Let's Live for Today"), and "When My Little Girl Is Smiling," on which strings foreshadow the folk-rock movement. An ideal starter kit on these seminal uptown soul pioneers; those seeking further revelations (and there are plenty of them) are referred to Rockin' & Driftin': The Drifters Box.--Ken Barnes ... Read more

Reviews (10)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best Drifters 'greatest hits' package available.....
Even if the group have been around for 40+ years, The Drifters have had more members than I think even they care to remember! The ones appearing on this CD are mostly the originals, and that's a shame really. Why? During the 60s, the group was popular in the U.S (the tracks on this CD prove that). However, they were even more popular in the U.K during the 70s where they released many fine songs which *unfortunately* don't appear on this CD. Still, the songs present are a testament to their longevity and each one is a classic in their own right.

From "There Goes My Baby", "Dance With Me" and "On Broadway", the hits keep on coming with "Some Kind Of Wonderful", "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" and "I'll Take You Home". There's also four *massive* hits here too: "Save The Last Dance For Me", "Up On The Roof", "Under The Boardwalk" and my particular favourite, "Saturday Night At The Movies". A very impressive line-up, yes, but when you consider the great songs that are missing, you begin to question the title of this CD - "The Very Best Of The Drifters".

No "Kissin' In The Back Row Of The Movies"?. No "You're More Than A Number (In My Little Red Book)"? No "There Goes My First Love"? And where's "Sweet Caroline", "Every Night" and their fantastic version of the Lovin' Spoonful's, "Summer In The City"? These were all *genuine* hits for the group in the 70s, yet have been ignored by this questionable 'best of' compilation. I'd recommend anyone to purchase a Drifters CD, but on this showing, it's really best if you shop around. "The Very Best Of The Drifters" could really have been a whole lot better.


5-0 out of 5 stars Magical.
Question: How can you go wrong with a 16 track collection of the Drifters' biggest & best hits on one CD released by the finest reissue label in the business? Answer: You just can't.

Since Rhino (the label in question) rarely get it wrong and some of the aforementioned 16 songs count timeless classics such as "Save the Last Dance For Me", "Up on the Roof", "On Broadway" and "Under the Boardwalk" this, quite simply put, is a CD no-one should be without.

Unquestionably the finest, affordable Drifters collection out there, you can also trust Rhino (No, I don't work for them) to deliver flawlessly in the sound reproduction and packaging departments, respectively.

As if all that wasn't enough, here are a few more reasons why everyone should own this CD: "There Goes My Baby", "This Magic Moment", "Some Kind of Wonderful", "Sweets For My Sweet", "Please Stay", "Saturday Nigt At the Movies", Goffin/King, Pomus/Scuman, Mann/Weil, Leiber/Stoller, Burt Bacharach and Ben E. King. Magic! 'Nuff said.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great souls!
Cosa sarebbe stato il soul senza le magiche voci dei Drifters? Come sarebbe stata della storia dei gruppi vocali senza l'immortale "Under the Boardwalk"? Difficile dirlo, ma la centralità dei Drifters nello sviluppo del soul e dunque del pop è indubbia. Atlantic pubblica un documento vasto (29 tracce!) e prezioso, che con capolavori come "Kissing in the back rows of the movies", "Save the last dance for me", "There goes my first love" e "Sweets for my sweet" ci aiuta a rispondere ad una domanda ancora irrisolta: che mondo sarebbe senza i Drifters?
Arthur Cravan

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THE DRIFTERS
You can listen to every song on this album over and over and still love it. When you hear the songs you'll wanna dance and sing along.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good track selection, but way too much mono
This is a pretty good Drifters primer containing all 16 of their Top 40 entries from the '59-'64 period that marked their heyday, presented here in chronological order. Sound quality is uniformly good throughout, in fact quite exceptional considering the age of this material. My one complaint is that everything is in mono. Why? Many of these songs are available in stereo on other CD's. For a more expansive selection of classics (and a lot more stereo) I recommend picking up the 2-disc set "All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965" instead. ... Read more

97. Heart Break
list price: $11.98
our price: $10.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000002PHZ
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 15916
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (30)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

98. Nina: The Essential Nina Simone
list price: $13.98
our price: $12.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004RIMQ
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 1847
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Album Description

18 of the finest by the original African power diva, all at a fantastic low price! Featuring a varied repertoire that includes both classic songs and well-known hits, this collection is ideal introduction to anyone that's ever been curiousabout Simone, as well as an ear-opener for those that wereof the opinion that Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill weren't influenced by anyone of their predecessors. Includes 'My Baby Just Cares For Me', 'He's Got The Whole World In His Hands','Don't Smoke In Bed' and 'I Loves You Porgy'. 2000 release standard jewel case. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Completely took my breath away...
I consider myself very fortunate to have discovered this truly amazing lady. My aunt had this disc in her cd changer on a day I just happened to be having dinner at her house. I really wasn't paying attention to the music in the background. But when I first heard Nina's voice, I found myself absolutely mesmerized. All I could say was "Who's that playing on the stereo?" It was, of course, Nina. I had never heard of this legendary lady before, but I became an instant fan. Nina has one of those voices that you just can't classify, like Macy Gracy, Tina Turner, Billie Holliday, Rod Stewart, Anastacia, Bjork and the list goes on... It's a potent instrument, soulful, emotional, beautifully textured, and deep. It's one of those rare voices that truly stands out from the millions of singers around the world. It's just heaven... One must hear Nina's voice to get a true sense of what I'm talking about. Her voice really will take your breath away...

5-0 out of 5 stars Dear Sweet Nina
Not really having heard of Nina Simone prior to her recent passing, I caught a retrospective on NPR and was amazed at the power and persuasiveness of her voice. So, I beelined to the nearest music store, and picked out this CD, not knowing which one to select. Needless to say, "The Essential Nina Simone" is a masterful work of perfection.

Nina's voice is so incredibly deep and soulful, and soul-filled. I was immediately drawn to several of the tracks, realizing that just one listen wasn't enough. Nina manages to incorporate the power of her life and times into each song, as a reflection of where she's been and yet a hope of things to come. She's simply unlike any artist I've heard.

This CD is taking a prime place in my stereo for months to come. For relaxing, for reflection, for memories, for living, this CD and Nina Simone is a requisite.

5-0 out of 5 stars In Memoriam
In Memoriam of Nina Simone, the great singer, pianist, composer, arranger, songwriter, feminist, activist, mother and woman.

Nina was born in North Carolina, USA, February 21, 1933.

Although Nina was called the "High Priestess of Soul" by her fans and was regarded by them as an almost religious figure, she was often misunderstood as well. The High Priestess would walk different paths to find the adequate songs to spread her message.

A protest singer; a jazz singer; a pianist; an arranger and a composer, Nina Simone is a great artist who defies easy classification. She is all of these: a jazz-rock-pop-folk-black musician. In fact, we can find her biography in jazz, rock, pop, black and soul literature. Her style and her hits provided many singers and groups with material for hits of their own.

Nina Simone passed away on April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, France. She was Aged 70.

She is survived by her daughter and will be forever missed - yet forever treasured.

May our high priestess find her path to peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Soulful Sister
Nina Simone is truly One of the most Soulful Down to Earth Sister's that I have ever heard.Her Piano Playing stretched acrossed Classical,to Jazz&everything in between.He Voice took on the ill's of the World&just had your entire attention from start to finish.this Essential Collection Reminds you where so Many Current Sisters got there game off.RIP to a Soulful&Honest Legend.

5-0 out of 5 stars A point missed
I agree with the other two reviews but neither mentions what a consumate jazz and classical pianist Nina Simone is. After all, she was both Julliard-trained and a South Carolina share-cropper cotton picker in her childhood. What better combination? While not possessing a "fine" voice she sings a song from the soul, and her sheer pianistic power and skill is unmatched by any "popular" performer that I am aware of. In sum. her keyboard performances alone would put her in the top rank of jazz artists.

Ed Williams ... Read more

99. Momentary Setback
list price: $9.99
our price: $9.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006LI65
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 3141
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Album Description

Momentary Setback takes a trip into the realm of Urban Soul! ... Read more

Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely, Positively Amazing
I drove two hours to see Maroon 5 perform at Myrtle Beach House of Blues, expecting a great show from them. Marc was the first one to perform before Gavin DeGraw and Maroon, and had he been the last, the entire trip and all money spent would have not only been worth it, but a bargain. Marc's set was EASILY the highlight of the night, and he is one of the most talented artists I've heard in my entire life, with an eclectic feel, an unbelieveable voice, and the most energetic, passionate stage presence i've ever seen. HE IS AMAZING, and after buying the live CD of his HOB set that night, I knew I had to have his studio album. It hasn't left my CD changer since I bought it, and i'm sure it won't for a long time. Not to mention, after meeting him after the show, I can honestly say that Marc is a genuinely nice guy. Not only is Marc going to be HUGE one day, but he deserves it. BUY THIS CD, you will most certainly not regret it.

4-0 out of 5 stars unknown gem
only brought this on spec while listening to clips on amazon,what a gem i have to hold my hands up and say i know nothing about marc but the cd is amazing,one draw back is the use of drum machine WHY?
Unfortunately in england this music is too classy for radio
but i`am not complaining when people hear this at home or in the car they cannot believe how good it is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Little man HUGE voice
Marc is probably all of 5'5, but when he opens his mouth youi swear he is 10 feet tall. I love to hear him sing, it always makes me feel better. Like I have finally come home. And in person, he just has this incredible aura about him, that you just have to fall in love, becasue he commands that from you. He is the sweetest person, and I would recommend this cd to any one, especially if you are far from home becasue he brings you back to a very familiar place.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great New Artist
Would have given It 5 stars, but the production could have been better. Unfortunatly a drum machine is used on a few tracks. Live drums would have definetly pushed me to a five.
I had the pleasure of seeing marc broussard in concert and it was one of the best performances I have ever seen. Not only was the music amazing, but it was matched lyrically as well. About half way through his set I went down to the merchandise table and bought this cd and went back at the end of the night to purchase a copy of that nights performance. Although "Momentary Setback" is amazing, it does not compare to the amazing sound he generates live. I highly suggest going to ,clicking on the music tab and checking out all of his audio clips(full songs). I guarantee you wont be dissapointed. Unfortunatly amazon does not offer all of his work,(live cd/comp cd) but soon enough this guys gonna get big and amazon will wanna get there hands on everything there is to offer. Hopefully the band he plays with live will be recording on his new album due out in August 04'. He couldnt have gotten a better band to back him. If you like Acoustic guitar, Funk Riffs, and thought provoking lyrics sang with soul, This cd is for you. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT MARC BROUSSARD>

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Diverse Playing and Singing Styles
I uncovered Marc Broussard while listening to and researching Gaving Degraw, whom I would also recommend. I listened to the first 3 songs on his cd and each one is very different from the other. They almost sound like songs sang by totally different artists. Along with his pure vocals and amazing ability to write a good "hook", many of his songs could be huge hits. He has yet to be discovered by the mainstream of music listeners, but once found he is sure to blow up. To give you some advice, go and buy this cd so you can tell all of your friends that you found this great musical artist before everyone else did. ... Read more

100. At the Close of a Century
list price: $59.98
our price: $53.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00003002I
Catlog: Music
Sales Rank: 2695
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

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

Reviews (96)

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wish those would come back once more...

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

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

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

81-100 of 200     Back   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   Next 20
Prices listed on this site are subject to change without notice.
Questions on ordering or shipping? click here for help.