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    1. Devils & Dust
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    The last time Bruce Springsteen ventured West for inspiration, the result was the desolate Nebraska and its tales of serial killers and used cars. On his first record in three years, Springsteen navigates barren deserts and Old West war fields for a dozen forlorn songs that co-star the artist and his acoustic guitar. Though he's always had a knack for carving out the hooks and melodies that make each journey memorable, this time around Springsteen relies on the lyrics to carry the tune-desperate tales of tragedy, heartbreak, and lust with a Latino twist, like the boxer coming home ("The Hitter"), a distressing border-crossing incident ("Matamoros Banks"), and the Nevada hooker with good intentions ("Reno," which led to the warning sticker Adult Imagery). With no E Street Band in the mix, the album is decorated with horns and strings and Springsteen’s novel falsetto on two his best efforts: "Maria’s Bed," where the narrator comes home to his woman after 40 nights on the road, and the fast-picking "All I’m Thinkin’ About," where he has more than Carolina on his mind. A decade from now this will be an underrated record in the Springsteen chronicles. --Scott Holter

    The Best of Bruce
    by guest editor Steve Perry
    Steve is editor-in-chief of City Pages newspaper in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    TheWild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle(1973)
    The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street ShuffleAftera folk-rockish debut album that bubbled with ideas and dense lyrical play, thisis where Springsteen began to find his voice as a rocker and as a songwriter.The prisoner-of-love romanticism of "Rosalita" and "Incident on 57th Street"hinted at what was coming, and this early version of the E Street Band--jazzierand more spare than later versions, thanks largely to David Sancious's piano--soundsgreat, if a little ragged, these many years later.

    Bornto Run (1975) and Darknesson the Edge of Town (1978)
    Born to RunDarkness on the Edge of TownThese two records, which belong on any compilation of the top 100 rock albumsof all time, sketched the themes that he would spend his whole career chasing,and defined the expectations fans would bring to his records ever after. Thefirst chords of "Born to Run" sounded like freedom itself the first time I heardthem on the radio, and the album lived up to them. "Thunder Road" is still thegreatest rock & roll love song anyone's ever written. The record soundedso big and impassioned and propulsive it was easy to miss the dread runningunderneath it. Darkness... put the dread front and center. There aremore of his best songs here than anywhere else, even if the sound is muddy andleaden at times.

    NebraskaAfterThe River (the best record that didn't make this list) and the ensuingtour answered his rock & roll prayers--he was a big star now, not just aperennial critics' favorite--Springsteen holed up in a rented house on the Jerseyshore, where he wrote these songs and sang them into a four-track recorder inhis living room. The tape was supposed to be a demo for the band, but afterseveral false tries he concluded that the tape he'd been carrying around inhis pocket was the record. Quiet and bleak, Nebraska nonetheless grabbedyou by the collar and made you listen as surely as his rock & roll recordsever had.

    Tunnelof Love (1987)
    Tunnel of LoveTheglare and hubbub surrounding the Born in the USA tour (the tour wasgreat--the record itself overrated) made him pull back again, this time to writea cycle of songs about love and fear and self-doubt. After this, Springsteen'sfirst marriage broke up, and he started a family with Patti Scialfa, disappearingfor the better part of 10 years, notwithstanding the pair of not bad, just disappointingalbums he released in 1992, Human Touch and Lucky Town.

    TheGhost of Tom Joad (1995)
    The Ghost of Tom JoadSome call it Nebraska II, but his second acoustic album was not a repeatof his first--the characters and settings had changed, and their circumstanceswere more expressly desperate, and social--though it did share the same interestin what happens to people whose isolation or marginal status renders them invisible.

    TheRising (2002)
    The RisingEverybody--including Springsteen himself--seemed to think it was a record about 9/11, but the subjectwas broader: death and loss as seen from more than halfway down life's road.Dave Marsh nailed it: "A middle-aged man confronts death and chooses life."Brendan O'Brien's production sounds great.

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately for Bruce's fans- it's over...
    I have not bought this cd but have heard several tracks from it and will save myself some money. I honestly don't know how anyone can give this cd 5 stars...what are they smoking?? Bruce has NO voice its place is some kind of forced muttering from someone who sounds like they ingested a large amount of rat poisen. The lyrics are uncreative and boring...nothing resembling his past brilliance. And the music...all I can do is shake my head and feel sorry for a great artist that has overstayed his welcome among the musical elite.I have loved Bruce's music and genius my whole life which makes it really hard to see him tarnish such a great career with such a woeful attempt at singing and songwriting.Please give it up Bruce- this is one fan who will never buy another one of your albums but instead will break out something from many years ago that will stay great forever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Bruce Springsteen
    This is one of Bruce's best! Pared down.
    It takes several listens beforeyou can fully appreciate some songs - Read the Lyrics. You will appreciate his songwriting abilities even more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Out'neath the arms of Cassiopeia
    One of Springsteen's finest albums, "Devils and Dust" shows that as an artist Springsteen continues to grow. "Devils and Dust" sounds terrific on this dual sided CD/DVD. The CD side has all 12 songs. The DVD side has all 12 songs with lyrics displayed on the screen in time to the song. There's also a number of strong video performances from the album including "Devils and Dust", "Long Time Comin'", "Reno", "All I'm Thinkin' About" and "Matamoros Banks". The rustic home its shot in capture the feeling of the album perfectly. One could argue that Springsteen is "putting on airs" since he's a rich man shooting in this rural home that consist of performances about people that are far from wealthy. However, like a lot of artists Springsteen is trying to capture the anguish, despair and distant sense of hope that frequently occupies the lives of the downtrodden and desperate. It's a dark album as Springsteen notes, these are the stories of people in danger or down on their luck due to circumstance.

    The video portion features Springsteen primarily performing the songs in their original incarnation; as acoustic tunes with just guitar and harmonica complimenting his singing. Just a note about the DVD--you can listen to the 5.1 Surround in 2.0 and it will sound fine if you set up your DVD player or receiver to play it back that way. Springsteen does an introduction for each song discussing a bit about his past as a performer and a bit about each song prior to performing them. I don't have a 5.1 set up on my computer and wanted to watch the performances as well as listen to the album while I was working. Unlike, say, the DVD releases of Crowded House's first album or Richard Thompson's DVD release on Capitol, it sounds just fine in the 2.0 format.

    Just a warning for parents that listen to Springsteen with their kids around--"Reno" has some adult content in it (and it's noted on the DVD/CD as well). I was concerned after Springsteen's fine album "The Rising" that we might have seen a one-shot return to form due to the subject matter. I'm happy to be proven wrong. This is one of my favorite albums by Springsteen. I particularly like the way his voice has matured over the years and listening to him sing the material is a real highlight here particularly on the title tune and "Long Time Comin'". An excellent album.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Subdued, broken down, haunting
    I admit I really didn't like this album much when I got it on impulse figuring 'surely the boss can't give us dross'. But on repeated listenings it's really a grower. Nebraska style, acoustic tracks about all manner of subjects, with a huge deal of lyrical integrity. It's not gonna be to everyone's tastes that's for sure, but don't give up on it. To be honest I would pay the money for 'Reno' alone. Such an astounding song, lie back close your eyes and let it wash over you, nothing's ever captured something so beautifully and hauntingly.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Sad sequel to a great career!
    A longtime fan painfully admits: THIS IS FRIGHTFULLY BAD MUSIC. gotta know when to fold 'em. ... Read more

    2. Stand Up
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    Don't let the headless CGI dancer on the cover fool you. While Stand Up has a more organic feel than 2001's radio-ready Everyday, it is hardly an invocation for carefree days spent twirling on the grass. Instead it is a call to arms that carries over much of the insurrectionary spirit the Dave Matthews Band brought to 2004's Vote For Change Tour. Matthews, sounding rawer than ever, swerves between optimism ("To change the world you only start with one step," he sings on "You Might Die Trying") and angst ("See the man with the bomb in his hand/Everybody wake up," goes "Everybody Wake Up [Our Finest Hour Arrives]"), while producer Mark Baston, best known for his small-time work with big-name pop acts like Beyonce and 50 Cent, responds by putting the marching band rhythms of Carter Beauford in the front and galvanizing the music with a crisp R&B edge, most evident in the totally--okay, partially--crunk "Stolen Away On 55th & 3rd." --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Chicks like this stuff..why?
    If you're a man and wanting to buy this record then just end it right now. If you're a woman, stop PMSing and listen to better music.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Taking a stand ...
    I do like the Dave Matthews Band a lot but I am taking a stand on this album.

    I love my iPod and I love my CDs. I do buy music.

    I actually purchased this Dual Disc album but took it back when I learned that I could not upload it into my iTunes library.

    Obviously, this new anti-copying format on STAND UP has enough iPod entusiasts upset that DMB addresses it on their website.
    Well ... sorry Dave ... I am not going to upload this disc as a WMA file and then burn it so I can upload it again into iTunes.

    PS ...I think that DMB should cooperate with Apple (and not vice versa) in making an easy solution to this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Non-corporate!Yay!
    I was mildly surprised by this latest release from DMB.I had stopped listening to them for a while, shortly after I noticed that they were putting out live album after live album.Two- and even three-CD live sets twice a year for about three years straight!And all with the SAME SONGS on them!It was getting ridiculous, and I basically got tired of waiting for new stuff from them, so I kind of gave up.A shame, considering I was such a big fan of DMB.Their sound was getting very corporate and manufactured (even for them!) around that time as well, and had strayed away from what they sounded like starting out.
    This album returns (sort of) to their roots, and it's a pleasant curve.When I heard songs like "Bring That Beat Back" and "American Baby" (the first single), it took me back to their pre-"Under the Table" days, and I got a little misty-eyed.It sounds like they had a lot of fun making this one, and the fun shows in ditties like the catchy "Louisiana Bayou" (you can't help but "ooh" along with Dave and the guys on that one; you'll see what I mean when you listen to it).
    One thing I frowned at, though, was the drums.Carter Beauford is one of the premier drummers on the planet, but he takes a back seat to a drum machine on a lot of the tracks.When he does take the lead on the drums, it's a lot more low-key than I was used to hearing.That aspect is fitting, considering the album's so laid back, but a DRUM MACHINE?!That's about the only thing that reminded me that once musicians go corporate, it's really hard for them to keep it out of their music.
    Still and all, this is one of DMB's better albums.Not their best by a long shot, but it's nice to see that in some ways they haven't forgot the sound with which they started.
    I also would like to let people know about the disc itself.There's some sort of protection written into the disc that prevents most computer media players (Windows Media Player, et al) from ripping the CD to your computer.It seems that the record company is so afraid of piracy that they've fixed it so the only way you can listen to the CD is to actually stick it into your CD player/PC and listen to it that way.You can't even rip it to your MP3 player or PC.If CD's are going to be this way from now on, then there may not be much of a future for CD's themselves; people are going to just going to resort to downloading music.
    Anyway, enjoy the album...if you're a DMB fan, you'll probably dig it.I sure did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Album, despite what the skeptics say
    Let me start off by saying that many people have been jumping the gun on their review of this album. As far as this being the worst album of 2005, you might want to think again. The Dave Matthews Band has been coming out with hit after hit on every album they release, and Stand Up is no exception. Dreamgirl is sure to be an eventual hit on the radio, along with Steady As We Go and Out of My Hands, to mention a few.

    This album catches the rawest, most pure emotions, from the band, and that is evident in Out of My Hands, with the one and only David J. Matthews taking a break from his guitar and playing the piano and displaying just how diverse the band truly is. Matthews is not the only one who puts down his original instrument to pick up another one. Boyd Tinsley puts down his electric violin and replaces it with an electric mandolin on a few songs and Stefan Lessard, the band's bassist, plays the electric guitar on Hunger for the Great Light (he plays the opening riff to the song).

    DMB continues to stun and amaze their fans with their style of music. They play what they want, and they don't care what the world thinks about them. The band is so proud of this album, and so should EVERY DMB fan who buys this album.

    Another point I wanted to bring to everyone's attention was the statement that someone said there are no "JAM SESSIONS" on this album. If you would listen to the album and give it a chance, you would realize that about 85-90% of the songs on the album have jam outs, whether at the end or in the middle of the song, they are there. There is a jam session at the end of American Baby, Louisiana Bayou, Hunger for the Great Light, and You Might Die Trying, just to name a few. I'm personally getting tired of hearing all these alleged dave fans bashing this album.

    Now, I know there are a lot of skeptics out there who believe this album is horrible. But the album has to grow on you. I was a fan of the album from the beginning, but a lot of my friends needed to listen to it a couple of times to really enjoy it. The mood of this album is very relevant to the title "STAND UP". It makes you want to stand up and dance along with the hip-hop/pop like beats in some of the songs (Stand Up (For It) and Stolen Away).

    This album also displays Mr. Matthews at his lyrical finest. With lines like "I would do most anything, girl, to be the apple of your eye"/Steady As We Go and "I was feeling like a creep as I watched you asleep, face down in the grass in the park, in the middle of a hot afternoon, your top was untied and I thought how nice it'd be to follow the sweat down your spine"/Dreamgirl, you can really feel the emotions and love he puts into his music. ("The first time I kissed you, I lost my legs"/Old Dirt Hill)

    I would HIGHLY recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of good, quality music.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This is B side album
    This is the worst album of 2005. DMB is gone bad now. What happened to Jam sessions? Even debut album of other bands are good. Stay away from this one. ... Read more

    3. Spamalot (2005 Original Broadway Cast)
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    As gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as the beloved British comedy troupe and their 1975 cinematic savaging of the Arthurian legend that inspired it, this adaptation ofMonty Python and the Holy Grail by MP's Eric Idle and longtime musical co-conspirator John Du Prez has much more on its feverish agenda than merely trashing King Arthur and firmly upending his Round Table. The film's plot remains largely intact, but its core songs ("Knights of the Round Table," "Brave Sir Robin") and comic thrust have been both expanded and satirically redirected, a musical comedy shotgun that takes dizzy aim at pop culture in general, and Broadway in particular. After typically Pythonesque distractions that somehow find us in "Finland..," stars David Hyde-Pierce, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria and company get busy conjuring the Lady of the Lake with the unlikely help of "Laker Girls..," while cast members Sara Ramirez and Christopher Sieber deliciously skewer contemporary Broadway cliches via the loopy showstopper "The Song That Goes Like This," a tune whose reprise also deliciously sends up every overwrought stage diva from Merman to Minelli. Idle has shrewdly ripped off--well, interpolated--Life of Brian's "Always Look On the Bright Side" for the new show, and even a snatch of "The Lumberjack Song" in "He Is Not Dead Yet." "You Won't Succeed on Broadway" reveals the frankly Semitic secret to stage success, and the French get can-canned on "Run Away!" Meanwhile, our bravest knight is de-closeted on the Manilow-mauling "His Name is Lancelot" before the familiar sound of clomping coconut shells brings down the curtain on the season's goofiest if satirically dead-on comic delight. --Jerry McCulley

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The review that goes like this
    Once in every page there comes a review like this. It starts out with an intro and ends up ending?

    Anyway, "Spamalot" is an outstanding musical, complete with amazing singing, wonderful orchestration, and hilarious farce. My favorite songs are "The Song that Goes Like This" and "Diva's Lament." The former is a love song about singing love songs. I'm not sure that the Lady of the Lake and Galahad are in love, but they sure know how to sing love songs, and to tell the audience how to do it. In the latter (Diva's Lament), the Lady of the Lake has not been onstage since the first act, and she is not at all pleased about it. Another great one is the Laker Girls' Cheer. The Lady of the Lake's handmaidens suddenly turn into cheerleaders to welcome Galahad to King Arthur's army.

    Purists who expect an exact retelling of the movie may be a bit disappointed, as several plot points have been changed. For example, it has been "politically corrected." As far as I can tell, references to God have been replaced by the Lady of the Lake. Considering the nature of the references to God in the movie, I'm OK with that. Instead of searching for the literal Holy Grail as they do in the movie, the grail has turned into a metaphor for the thing that each character wants the most and is seeking to find (thus removing references to Jesus).

    Also, the ending has been changed. Since I don't want to spoil the suspense, I won't tell what happens, but I was happy about that. The movie, though great, is so anticlimactic.

    My biggest problem with the musical is that two characters turn out to be gay, which is not at all in keeping with the legend. (But then, when has Monty Python stayed true to legend?)

    Overall, I think this is a great musical, and it will be enjoyed for years to come.

    "I can't believe there's more. It's far too long, I'm sure. That's the thing about this [review]. It goes on and on and on...

    The [review] always ends like this!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the show that goes like this
    I bought this CD the day it came out and I wish it had come out sooner! This is a wonderful Broadway Score!! Eric Idle certainly has given the Python fans and the Broadway fans something to share. It has some of the catchiest music I have heard in along time. I'm acutally listening to it right now.
    From the opening (Tuning) it starts out with a laugh. Then we move into the overture and Historian's Introduction to Act 1. That track sets the tone for the entire show. You know you are in for a laugh. I really admire people that can write songs like this. I wish I was that talented.
    Now to the music istelf. My favorite track on this CD is "The Diva's Lament (Whatever Happened To My Part)." This really struck a cord with me because, being in theater, I know people like this. I can actually picture them singing this song and being serious about it. Especially the line "Call my agent dammit!" Then she complains about it again in "TWice In Every Show." I really enjoy shows that take the time to make fun of themselves and have a good time doing it. Like Urinetown. Some other songs of honorable mention are "The Song That Goes Like This," "Find Your Grail," "You Won't Succeed on Broadway" and "His Name Is Lancelot." These are humorous songs that (to me) really sell the show. It was also nice to see them use some of the Python songs. "Knights of the Round Table," "Brave Sir Robin," "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" and "Finland." Of course some of the lyrics have been changed and others have been added, but they make the songs better in my opinion.
    As for the performers... all do a great job. I LOVE Sarah Ramirez. That woman can belt a song. I truly hope she wins a Tony Award. As for the male cast, I was surprised at David Hyde Pierce. It was nice to see him cut loose and act crazy. Chris Seiber does very weel in his songs, especially The Song That Goes like This. I'd love to sing that song. Tim Curry is good, but sometimes I feel he overplays it a bit. I know this is comedy (and I might change my view when I actually see the show in June) but he really overdoes it on some of his songs. Hank Azaria doesn't do much solo singing but what he does do is great. He was quoted once saying that he was cast in the show for his voices and not his singing and dancing. Well, we shall see when the Tony Awards are announced.
    All in all this is a great CD to add to your collection. It has comedy, great music and a great cast. Don't pass it up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Broadway show, as only Monty Python can make it
    I saw this musical at The Shurbert Theater in Chicago. At I never laughed so hard at a show period. It combined the chaos of Python with the production values of Broadway. I think it cost more to make the musical than it did in the orginal movie in 1974. Anyway, it was treat because it was the most star studded show I had ever to date. Not including seeing Sally Ringwald in When Met Sally, and David Hasseloff in Chicago, both in London. This show starred Tim Curry as Graham Chapman's role of King Arthur. When he first stepped on stage the theater erupted. So did I, because I always admired Curry. He had an amazing performance which I excepted him to do. Since he was great in Rocky Horror Picture Show. He was well perpard to off the wall crazy. Another star was David Hyde Pierce, Miles of the great show Frasier. He played "Brave" Sir Robin, Eric Idles part, who also wrote the musical. He was also incredible including one number called You Won't Succeed On Broadway(If You Don't Have Any Jew) He did a whole number just spoofing Jewish Musicals. Including Fiddler On The Roof where did the bottle dance, which got him an ovation. The next big name was Hank Azaria. He does like half the voices on the Simpsons. He could definatly do this show, where he played Sir Lancelot, and the French Taunter. Played orginally of course by John Cleese. One note about the show was that Cleese was the voice of God. I'm surprised he wasn't credited. Oh well. THe most amazing thing about the show was that the supporting cast could keep up with the big three and many times stole scenes from them. One BIG example of that was Sarah Ramirez. OMG!!!!! She was commanding and was the typical Broadway diva, which was her all around character, but she played the Lady Of The Lake, The Witch and The Cow!! They gave the cow that the French threw at the knights had its own song! Other great performers like Christopher Sieber,(who played Sir Galahad) Micheal Mcgrath(Patsy) Steve Rosen(Sir Bedevere) and Christian Borle( who for the record was the singing clerk in Thats On E-bay commerical. The songs were great. Of course they took the "Knights OF The Round Table" song. But they also included the " Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, and Hole OF The Universe from different movies. They include most of the famous scenes from the movie. THe black knight, which got an ovation. THe killer rabit, Prince Herbert. The knights that say Nie. The show was amazing the alubm is too. But if you want the full experiance, you might want to see the show.

    Take it from a Monty Python fan who's planning a New York trip around this production, this is a must have for an self-respecting Pythonier. This album features the current and original Broadway cast of the new musical (opened March 17, 2005) basedon the infamous "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."Python member Eric Idle co-produces, lovingly ripping off moments and songs from the original. Although there are more than enough new material to make up for such indiscretions, like the inclusion of Life of Brian's "Bright Side of Life."In fact, any fear of redundancy is squished as if by a big Flying Circus foot, when stars like David Hyde-Pierce, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria lend their talents and voices to giving a fresh face to this much revered material. And speaking of fresh faces, with the introduction of the Lady of the Lake, played by Sara Ramirez, who is only referenced briefly in the movie, Spamalot achieves new levels of Broadway satire. For example, Ramirez is featured in the hilarious "The Song That Goes Like This," and "Whatever Happened To My Part?" a shot atstage and divas in general.
    Tim Curry (of Rocky Horror and the recent CD readings of the Lemony Snicket series) sounds terrific, his voice is better now than ever.While this is no substitute for see the production, I think, along with all of its links (like the historian's intros) the albumn creates a great feel for the stage show's energy.So Runnn Awwway to buy this CD.

    I just purchased the cast album of Spamalot. Unfortinatly I haven't seen the play, but judging by the cast album it must be a very entertaining musical. I haven't enjoyed a cast album like this in a long time. I've played it over and over and I enjoy it more every time I play it. It's fun, tuneful, and the cast is just wonderful. I guess if you see the play you can actually come out humming songs, especially Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. Listening to this song, it's like having Jerry Herman back on broadway. I highy recommend this CD. ... Read more

    4. Something to Be [DualDisc]
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    It's common knowledge that solo albums are simply an excuse for a frustrated band member to indulge their experimental sides and Rob Thomas, singer for decidedly M.O.R. multi-platinum rockers Matchbox Twenty is not one to pass on the opportunity. Having already explored the classic rock thing through his collaborations with Mick Jagger and Santana, Thomas goes the other way here with results that are unexpected and, sometimes, totally unbelievable. He veers from modern R&B on the Justin Timberlake aping "Lonely No More" to vintage prog-rock in "All That I Am," touching on all points in between. There are a few nods to the Matchbox canon with "Ever The Same" and "This Is How A Heart Breaks" but, as the title suggests, this is an album about finding himself. For the moment, Thomas is still searching. The DualDisc portion features 5.1 surround sound, a 20-minute documentary on the making of the album by filmmaker Gillian Grisman, plus the holiday tune, "Christmas in New York."--Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Rob Rob Rob....
    Rob Thomas I am Very Dissapointed in you I Expected So much From your solo debut esp with your single lonley no more..people Rob Thomas is app trying Something new here so and its obvious its pretty bad most of his songs are just a bunch of blah blah blah really boring and bad songs with horrible beats and poor Ballad's this cd is not worth the price i paid for it in fact its so bad i woulden't even give it away..the only upside is lonley no more,when the heartache ends and ever the same but other then that its just Junk and the slow songs are just so boring and hard to listen to because they just suck Sorry Rob But maybe you should stick to what you were doing before...good try though dont buy this unless you really i mean really love rob thomas a big dissapointment you can do better rob.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Something to Be
    I was introduced to Matchbox 20 at 50 with a live concert! My kids (20 somethings) thought Matchbox 20 was old news! I am a hard core music lover and they were unbelievable in Concert and I have been totally impressed by their musicality.

    Something to Be is excellent. There is a terrific range of cuts - everything from fast edgy to soft, hymn-like ballads. Even my wife who was cool on MB20 is raving about this CD - and the DVD is great - makes you realize the art of song writing and creation is truly a gift!

    You won't be disappointed if you really listen to the talent!

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
    Any fan of Matchbox 20 knows how AWESOME Rob Thomas is. He is so talented. This CD is amazing. I look forward to more great music from Rob AND Matchbox 20.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I really loved this
    I listen to all sorts of music,so I was looking for something interesting.I will admit that I like pop music but I don't like the average pop crap that has been out lately.I've been listening to a lot of indie music..and associate with a lot of indie musicians.Every one of them that I have encountered so far have been like,"Eww,you bought the Rob Thomas CD?" because they think of themselves as music elitists when they're really just folk who refuse to buy anything that really sells.

    Well,I gave the CD a chance and I really loved it.The song has a few beats like "Lonely No More" and some slower songs that really move me.The entire CD has the ability to get me awake,get me to sleep,get me to smile and get me to cry at once.Rob Thomas manages to cut through emotions that run deep and show them to you.

    My favorite song of all is "Here Comes the Night",which I can relate to on the deepest level.The rest of the song are excellent as well.I always play the CD from beginning to end.:)

    4-0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars
    Overall, SOMETHING TO BE [DUAL DISC] is a refreshing release that appeals not only to one's rock sensibilities but also their pop sensibilities.Production is solid and as always, Thomas is on top with his songwriting capabilities.He made a very smart move crafting his solo affair with catchy hooks and choruses.

    The main flaw of SOMETHING TO BE is that you can pick the songs that are standouts very easily while the other songs of which the album is composed is more filler material.For example, "LONELY NO MORE" is much better than say "ALL THAT I AM".Top listens on this album are at the front part and include "THIS IS HOW A HEART BREAKS", first single "LONELY NO MORE", "I AM AN ILLUSION", and "SOMETHING TO BE".Also OK listens, yet not top hits are "EVER THE SAME" and "WHEN THE HEARTACE ENDS". Definitely, this should be a Grammy Nominee at the 2006 Grammys.This is overall a good album that could have been better in some ways, but nonetheless, Thomas is an awesome songwriter and vocalist.3 1/2 stars. ... Read more

    5. Live at Fillmore West
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    6. Magic Time
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    Like a human infusion of chamomile tea, hearing Van Morrison's voice has the ability to instantly to soothe even the most stressed listener. That said, some of his releases have been so sedentary that they muted the '60s soul influences that had been a part of Van's joyful appeal. Not so with Magic Time, a wonderful balance of groove and smoothness, with a "live off the floor" feel evident throughout the disc. Right off the top, "Stranded" shows Van at his crooner best; relaxed, present, and joyful. "Celtic New Year" comes next, with a very Astral Weeks feel, leading one to believe that this disc might be sedentary through and through…until "Keep Mediocrity at Bay" kicks in, a feisty blues romp that shows that in his sixties, Morrison still has the sass of his best previous days. Van's cover of Sinatra's brassy "This Love of Mine" and Perry Como's "I'm Confessin'" are full of his cheek and charm. Morrison, as producer, has chosen stellar horn sections that elevates the music from good to great and comes from an obvious deep love of classic blues and soul. He's a lover and a fighter (the disc has two references to his disdain of the music industry ("They Sold Me Out" and "Carry On Regardless")), but ultimately true to his own musical vision. This destined-to-be-classic release will please a wide variety of his fans. --Denise Sheppard

    Essential Van Morrison

    Astral Weeks


    It's Too Late to Stop Now [LIVE]

    Tupelo Honey

    Into the Music

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    5-0 out of 5 stars vanthe man ( and the voice?)
    stranded, celtic new year, just like greta, the lion this time, and gipsy in my soul are five masterpiece of the most emotional voice of the popular music. van is back on top again.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Waiting For The Man
    I keep hoping very hard that the real Van Morrison will someday stand up again. I have been hoping for this for about the last 6 or 7 Van albums. As for Magic Time....well, where is the magic? I don't hear it or feel it coming from this recording either. I won't give up waiting though and even if Van never delivers the shivers again, I still have a vast treasure of older masterpeices to plug into. So for now, I will just keep my ears on the horizon searching and hoping for a possible full force gale.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I tip my top hat to you YA!
    The best part of this album is the picture of fred estaire and ginger rogers wannabes on the cover, high-stepping, kicking out, and kick boxing.Morrisson moves into the realm of would-be, could-be (has been?) crooner/swooner Rod Stewart, with an easy transition into standards, jazz, and gangsta-rap.

    Did you folks know I wear a top hat?

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's All Here
    I have everything Van Morrison has ever recorded.Of course it's not all consistently great.Great artists who have longevity hit creative and performing peaks at different times and in different ways over an extended period of time.Some of the work on this album ranks up there with some of Morrison's best.It also brings together through different songs each of the major themes that underlie and run through his body of work as a whole.The Celtic mysticism, the incredible melodies, his bows to influences in R&B, jazz, and even popular song.His unique excellence has always (or at least since the early days with Them) been his capacity to weave it all together in a sound uniquely his.

    Several of his more recent albums have more exclusively mined just one of these veins (not always that successfully), or seemed to have been more half-hearted efforts.However, to these ears, Magic Time, is an album which I believe is in line with some of his stronger work from the 80's and early 90's.

    In the context of the range of music available - 5 stars.In the context of his own absolute best - 4 stars.If you like Van in the full range of his styles and influences, this is an album for you.If you favor only one or two of those personae, as seems to be the case with a couple reviewers, you will still find the few songs or more that grab you.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison Has A Great Musical History!
    This man has really made many classic albums!

    Listen to Astral Weeks, Moondance and Irish Heartbeat which are must-buy for all Van Morrison fans.
    This man is a very skillful player, compositor and performer!
    Unfornately, Magic Time is the worst record this man has ever cut. Maybe he his losing his creativity and he should soon stop his awesome musical career. Every artist has their own house of holy and Van Morrison has made his own! ... Read more

    7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
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    The album that carries U2 into its 25th year--and likely the mixed blessings of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--is one of its most frank and focused since the days ofOctober and War. But its gestation was anything but simple, in part salvaged from '03 sessions the band deemed subpar. Enter Steve Lillywhite, the band's original producer and sometime collaborator in the decades since, who helped retool the track "Native Son" (originally an anti-gun screed) into the aggressive i-Pod anthem "Vertigo" and leaves his distinctive stamp on the muscular "All Because of You" and others. Perhaps weary of ceaseless, fashion-driven reinvention in the wake of monumental success, U2 seem only too happy here to re-embrace their original sonic trademarks in service of more daring, pop-melodic hooks than they've collected in one place in decades. The Eno/Lanois produced "Love and Peace or Else" may shimmer with the duo's electro-production conceits, but it's Edge's lugubrious, post-modern John Lee Hooker guitar swagger that drives it. Elsewhere, Bono's trademark dramaturgy is spotlighted on "City of Blinding Lights," the unabashed romance of "A Man and a Woman" and the confessional "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own." It may come wrapped in a conundrum--is it nostalgic retrenchment or sum of the band's endless musical catharsis?--but it's also the album where,Fly and MacPhistobe damned, U2 boldly claims its arena titan mantle with apologies to no one.--Jerry McCulley

    Recommended U2 Discography


    The Joshua Tree

    Achtung Baby

    All That You Can't Leave Behind

    The Best of 1990-2000

    The Best of 1980-1990

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    8. Abbey Road
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    The Beatles' last days as a band were as productive as any major pop phenomenon that was about to split. After recording the ragged-but-right Let It Be, the group held on for this ambitious effort, an album that was to become their best-selling. Though all four contribute to the first side's writing, John Lennon's hard-rocking, "Come Together" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" make the strongest impression. A series of song fragments edited together in suite form dominates side two; its portentous, touching, official close ("Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End") is nicely undercut, in typical Beatles fashion, by Paul McCartney's cheeky "Her Majesty," which follows. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Abbey Road
    ...By the time 1969 rolled around the Beatles were in ruins. Their previous effort involved extreme experimentation on each band member's part, and the band began to drift apart. The project earlier that year that was supposed to bring them back together only made things worse. For their next album, the band wanted to bring back record producer George Martin, but he said he'd only produce if every band member was in the studio, just like the good old days. The band accepted, and the band began recording Abbey Road, what would ultimately be their final recording as a fully-functional unit.

    Once again, we get an album of mostly Lennon/McCartney material. Harrison contributes two songs, and Starkey one. Come Together kicks off the album. Basically it's a mid-tempo rocker with various words thrown together that make no sense. I Am The Walrus showed us that the band could achieve enormous success doing this, and here they do it again! Track two is the first of George's songs to appear here - Something. This is a very melodic ballad with some of the finest guitar playing in rock and roll history. As another review stated, Frank Sinatra once called this "the greatest romance song of all time." Number three is another of the band's "joke" songs, Maxwell's Silver Hammer. It's a very "happy" song, despite its content about a boy murdering two college professors and a judge. Most people don't think too highly of the joke songs, but I think this is the band's best one. Oh Darling comes next, and here the band was going for a "fifties" sound. They pull it off nicely. The next track featured here is Ringo's only featured song here. Basically it's a cheerful tune about living under the sea, almost a children's song. Despite that comment, this track is nothing short of excellent. George's second track featured on this album is the acoustic ballad, Here Comes The Sun. This is a GREAT track, arguably the finest one he ever released with the band. You Never Give Me Your Money kicks off the B-Side of the album, which contains several tracks that fade into one another. I like to call them the "Abbey Road Medley." This is a a track that starts with a slow and melodic sound, but soon becomes a rocker that is very true to the band's style. It fades into Sun King, a very weird song featuring passages in various languages. Don't worry, it's not NEARLY as weird as Revolution 9. Soon enough, it fades into Mean Mr. Mustard. Despite the fact that the track is about a mean old man, it's one of the band's most cheerful songs. It fades into a song about the title character's sister, Polythene Pam. Here the band delivers an excellent fast and frantic rocker about a woman who is "so good looking but she looks like a man." Does that make any sense at all? Oh well, it doesn't matter. The song itself is very good. It fades into yet another track, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window. This is a very basic rocker, but it's an excellent one nonetheless. Eventually we reach The End (that's the name of a track.) This one kicks off with an awesome instrumental session, and soon enough becomes a brief melodic session you can't help but love. The final track is the often overlooked Her Majesty. It's just a short (twenty-three seconds) song about the queen. It's not the masterpiece the rest of the album is, but it's still a good song. Abbey Road is one of the greatest rock albums of all time, period. If you like rock and roll and you don't own this album, you're contradicting yourself.

    EPILOGUE: Following the release of this album, the band finally split up, and each member went onto a solo career. Just after they split up, the Let It Be album was finally released. John Lennon proved to be an excellent solo musician, and even co-wrote a song entitled Fame for David Bowie. Sadly, he was assassinated in December of 1980 by a deranged fan. Rest in peace, John. Likewise, George Harrison obtained enormous success in his solo career. His first release as a solo artist, All Things Must Pass, demonstrated this well. He continued releasing excellent songs, and even played on Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down. Sadly, an illness clamed his life in late November of 2001. Ringo Starr also became a successful solo artist, and recently put together his All-Starr band. He still tours. Likewise, Paul McCartney ALSO became a successful solo artist, and he still tours. The Beatles may be long gone, but their spirit will always live on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest album ever made
    Abbey Road is quite simply the strongest album ever made. Side one kicks off with "Come Together" which is a mean little romp through Lennon's perspective on his own life, and quickly leads into a beautiful love song by George, "Something." This song leaves you thinking that even though this guy's madly in love, something's just not wuite right in the relationship. Next come two fun tunes, "Octopus's Garden" and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (only the Beatles could pull off either of these songs sucessfully) split by McCartney's vocal tour de force "Oh Darling." A guitar jam follows (I Want You) and leaves your adreneline pupmed for what is to follow. Side two is a roller coaster ride of textures, melodies and jams woven together in a magical tapestry with hints of themes sticking with you just barely. When you think you've got hold of one song you're on to another. You can listen to this CD in the worst of moods and when you're done you'll be in a good mood. I promise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The BEST BEATLES ALBUM
    I was 11 when this album came out, and have loved it since. The Fab four were rockin' on all cylinders when they bade farewell with this one. The vocal harmonies were at their best, and Paul's power was right on in OH Darling. Paul's fancy bass work was never more evident than in "I Want You". This will always be my favorite album, so much so, that in my will I have stated that if I should "go out" naturally, that this album should be played at the time I reach Golden Slumbers. Not kidding........Miss you guys!

    3-0 out of 5 stars good but still lacking
    Take out the songs that you can't even listen to such as /She So Heavy/Sun King/Because/- these are songs which lack creativity and rhythm. And why put in You never give me your money, it has the same rhythm as Carry that Weight. Why did they end in the ridiculous Her Majesty, and why is this overrated?...It is mere lyrics with simple beat. The Golden Slumbers lullaby is a brilliant ending. Come Together is an amazing beginning. Octopus' Garden and Maxwells silver hammer are very creative and essential to the Beatles culture. Mean Mr Mustard- what is the purpose of this song, Poythene Pam is humourous- (for whoever can understand the humour. The album needs editing, its needs filtering. It needs to be more concise in terms of style. Mixing good songs with crappy songs will produce a moderate album- which is exactly what Abbey Road is!

    1-0 out of 5 stars I read some revues from people who say this is good.
    I read some revues from people who say this is good.
    You know what I say to that?




    9. Dark Side of the Moon
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    Dark Side of the Moon, originally released in 1973, is one of those albums that is discovered anew by each generation of rock listeners. This complex, often psychedelic music works very well because Pink Floyd doesn't rush anything; the songs are mainly slow to mid-tempo, with attention paid throughout to musical texture and mood. The sound effects on songs like "On the Run," "Time" and especially "Money" (with sampled sounds of clinking coins and cash registers turned into rhythmic accompaniment) are impressive, especially when we remember that 1973 was before the advent of digital recording techniques. This is probably Pink Floyd's best-known work, and it's an excellent place to start if you're new to the band. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sheer musical brilliance; Pink Floyd's first masterpiece
    Who hasn't heard of Pink Floyd? And then, who hasn't heard of "Dark Side of the Moon"? Chances are, not many people. "Dark Side of the Moon" is a landmark in musical entertainment, arguably the most popular album ever released. Although it was released over 30 years ago, "Dark Side of the Moon" hasn't aged a bit. Now it is just as popular as it was in 1973 when it was first released - and it's clear why. Pink Floyd makes music like no one else.

    The album begins with Pink Floyd's frequent dialogue-filled, nostalgic-sounding opening - "Speak to Me" - and then moves in to a calm piece, "Breathe in the Air". It then seeps in to fast-paced, techno-sounding "On the Run" (don't you love those P.F. transistions?), followed by one of my favorite P.F. songs, a nearly poetic piece called "Time". Then there's one of Pink Floyd's best songs, "The Great Gig in the Sky". Then the album goes in a slightly different-sounding direction with "Money", which sounds like something you'd here playing at some late-night club in London. Pink Floyd comes down a little for "Us and Them", and then goes psychedelic on "Any Colour You Like". The album closes with two of P.F.'s best, "Brain Damage" and my favorite song of the album, "Eclipse".

    Pink Floyd is timelessly outstanding, and it was first in "Dark Side of the Moon" that the band's brilliance began to show. "Dark Side" is an essential album for anyone and everyone, and if you've never heard it, you obviously have no idea what you're missing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best of all-time!
    I just started listening to Pink Floyd about a year ago, and already I consider them one of my top 3 favorite bands of all-time. "Dark Side of the Moon" was the first album I purchased and I was immediately hooked. To me, "Dark Side.." is classic Floyd! I can't believe the sound effects that were used in this album, considering the equipment that was available in 1972-73. The listener is drawn in with the sound effects that precede "Speak to Me/Breathe", cash registers, jackhammers, old Englishmen talking, etc. "On the Run" offers more sound effects, and it mezmerizes you. "Time" in my mind is the second best track on the CD, I just love David Gilmour's guitar solo in the middle. "Money" is a masterpiece, as well as "Us & Them." Without a doubt though, my favorite track on "Dark Side.." is "Brain Damage." This song is just so great, and the lyrics are magic, "the lunatic is on the grass..." More sound effects on this one with a roadie laughing when Roger Waters says, "the lunatic is in my head." The album finishes off with "Eclipse" which sort of sums up human life as we know it, "all that you touch....all that buy, beg, borrow, or steal..." I would have to say that "Dark Side of the Moon" is probably one of the top 5 albums of all-time. Period.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Their Break-through
    By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. The primary revelation of Dark Side of the Moon is what a little focus does for the band. Roger Waters wrote a series of songs about mundane, everyday details which aren't that impressive by themselves, but when given the sonic backdrop of Floyd's slow, atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects, they achieve an emotional resonance. But what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music, which evolves from ponderous, neo-psychedelic art rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock before turning back to psychedelia. It's dense with detail, but leisurely paced, creating its own dark, haunting world. no other record defines them as well as this one.the album set the all time record for longevity on the billboard charts.....stayed on the top 200 until the late 1980's (over 700 weeks), if you doubt it, look it up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars simply amazing
    this cd is not only a cd that everyone should own, but it's one that everyone should tell their children about. pink floyd is not my favorite band, and dark side is not my favorite cd, but it is the one i could listen to the most. after numerous listenings it will never get old, you only appreciate it on deeper and deeper levels.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Side of the Moon
    Dark Side of the Moon is one of if not the best produced albums ever, with the songs blending into each other. ... Read more

    10. ELV1S 30 #1 Hits
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    In 1987, RCA released a one-disc Elvis compilation called The Number One Hits that featured 18 tracks. So how did the label come up with 12 additional number ones (13 if you count the sensational "A Little Less Conversation" remix that brings the King into the 21st century as a bona fide dance/electronica star)? Well, the '87 compilation featured only Billboard number ones. "In the Ghetto" and "Burning Love" never reached the top there, nor did "Way Down," despite every copy of that 45 selling out on both sides of the Atlantic following Presley's 1977 death. Instead, the new compilers have used the major pop charts in both the U.S. (including Cashbox) and U.K. to determine inclusions. The tracks have all been remixed from original masters, which proves awesome at best (some of the songs have never sounded crisper if, at times, slightly antiseptic) and problematic at worst. Purists will definitely quibble. "A Fool Such As I," for instance, sounds like Elvis rerecorded his vocals. Hank Garland's great guitar solo also sounds different. It might be an alternate take. That's definitely the case with "The Wonder of You." A few lyrics are even different, meaning this isn't the same version as the original 45. Of course, none of that should matter to the youngsters who've been singing along to "Hound Dog" on the Lilo & Stitch soundtrack, or to any other newcomers. Despite the complaints, this is arguably the best single disc Elvis primer to date. Real fans will want to explore much deeper for treasures to be found, but albums like this guarantee that this is one king who will deservedly live very long, if not forever. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The King Is Back....
    Elvis. One simple name that means so much. And to some music lovers, a word that means almost everything. Like it says in the CD jacket, "Before anyone did anything, Elvis did everything." This CD shows just that. Elvis has been called the King of Rock and Roll, a Gospel Guru and even a Great Balladere. This CD showcases just that. "30 #1 Hits" is a must have for any music lover. This CD commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death, and celebrates it in high fashion. 30 of his number ones are included here. Everything from rock to gospel is found here. All of his greats "Love Me Tender," "Jailhouse Rock," "All Shook Up," and "Can't Help Falling In Love," to his lesser known greats "One Night," "Way Down," "The Wonder of You," and "Wooden Heart" are here. Standouts for me include "Devil In Disguise," "Stuck On You," "Return To Sender," and "Good Luck Charm." There is even a `bonus' of sorts on the disc as well. "A Little Less Conversation," a song Elvis cut back in 1968 is remixed by JXL, dance-style, and is a wonderful listen. But the CD jacket is perhaps where the disc shines. It contains a brief history on each of the songs in the package, along with a few photos. I recommend that this CD be picked up because it will indeed please any music fan. It has the Elvis songs we all know and love, and some we probably forgot he even did. Once purchased you may find yourself singing along at times, and that is cool. Remember, Elvis is the King of R&R, and kings get all the attention. :-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars "I don't sound like anybody"
    Elvis once told Sam Phillips, of Sun Records, "I don't sound like anybody". That was true then and it remains true today.

    The remastering of these songs, many of them classics in the genre, is one of the most exciting ideas in music today. The sound quality is astounding. Every song sounds clearer, richer,and bassier.Most noticeably on "Burning Love". Play the version that's on 101 different CD's and then play this version. You'll never want to listen to any other version than this remastered gem. Try this with any of the 29 other remastered songs, and you run the risk of never wanting to listen to any Elvis release other than ELV1S 30 #1 Hits. Plus you get the newest #1 hit for Elvis, the remastered "A Little Less Conversation" remix.

    Many people will not give this new release a moment's thought. That would be a big mistake. There's great music on this CD that anyone who loves music should have in their collection. Certainly every Elvis fan already owns all these songs on several different CD's, tape or even vinyl, but nothing with the sound quality of this release, it's a must-have for the music lover or the Elvis fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Elv1s is the king of music!!!
    A must have for every Elv1s fans and new Elv1s fans around the world, I guarantee you, you will not get disappointed, 31 #1 Hits singles from US and UK in just 1 CD!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars The King's Legacy Is Being Compromised Here
    First of all, I love Elvis' music and have collected it for years and I have to admit if this is your first Elvis CD you probably will be satisfied. My problem with this CD is that Fool Such As I and The Wonder Of You are not the original hit versions that played on the radio way back when and helped build the King's legend. Fool is an alternate take and Wonder is a different live performance. These takes were never #1 anywhere and when you compare the original hits with these alternates you realise that RCA picked the right masters to originally release. In my opinion this is obscuring the King's legacy and in a way changing history for the new listener and not giving them all the goodness that was Elvis. Why would BMG do this? I suspect it is to coax the serious Elvis collector to buy yet again another rehash of hits that they have already bought many times over, just to get these two "special" tracks, and the novice Elvis collector wouldn't notice the difference. I would much rather have preferred a new two CD set of all the correct recordings remastered with today's technology (like the The Top Ten Hits did in 1988) and then have a seperate collection of nothing but unreleased alternates. However, these alternates always get sprinkled very sparingly in these endless Greatest Hits rehashes. But then again, I'm not a BMG marketing director, just another one of the millions of Elvis fans with money in my pocket.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect 31 #1 Hits!!!
    First of all, it's the only CD that contains 31 #1 Hit Singles in the USA and UK (A Little Less Conversation is the last #1 in the UK for 4 weeks in 2002) , there are 5 more Elv1s #1 which are not included in this CD bec. it would not fit in 1 CD, but it's in Elv1s 2nd To None album!

    Second, the sound is so crisp and clear, you can really hear the unbelievable great voice of Elv1s!

    Third, no wonder Elv1s is the Guiness Book Of World Record holder who has sold more than 1 billion records more than any other artist and most Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums and singles in the USA more than any other artist!

    What more could you ask for? ... Read more

    11. Brushfire Fairytales
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    Fans of Willy Porter, Ben Harper, and G. Love will all want to check out Jack Johnson's engaging folk- and blues-inflected pop. Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Johnson, a former surfer and film-school graduate, has a knack for acoustic ballads whose calm surfaces hide a subtle but strong lyrical undertow. "It seems to me that 'maybe' pretty much always means 'no,'" sings Johnson on "Flake," which features crony Harper on slide guitar. Production by J.P. Plunier (who also handles Harper's recordings) is simple and uncluttered: acoustic guitar and drum tracks share the foreground with Johnson's easygoing vocals, which evoke everyone from G. Love (who recorded Johnson's "Rodeo Clowns" on his Philadelphonic album) to Nick Drake to Willy Porter. And while Johnson may not have Porter's guitar chops, these songs have a relaxed beauty and understated depth that reward repeated listening.--Bill Forman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible album from a mellow fellow
    I have owned this cd for quite some time now but only recently has America decided to jump on the Jackwagon. You will be seeing and hearing "Flake" on tv and radio but the real essence of Jack Johnson can be found throughout the album. The thing that sets this artist apart from everyone else is the mere fact that Johnson could care less about being a rock star or selling music, but in writing and delivering his personal songs, he has become just that. But I promise you there is no one better to choose as a role model. Just listen to "The News", a tune about how we broadcast violence in society, or put on a smile and groove to Johnson's "Bubbletoes", a catchy jam inspired by his wife, Kim. (Many thanks to Kim, for rumor has it she is an inspiration for many of Jack's songs.) Those were only two examples but the list could go on and on. Every song is AWESOME. I never could get sick of this album, NEVER. If I could recommend this album to everyone, I would. And I guarantee if more people lived by the principals of Jack Johnson, we would not have to worry about world peace.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Slow down, everyone, you're moving too fast.
    This CD is terrific. Where did this Jack Johnson guy come from?

    I bought this on the recommendation of a friend, for I work in a music store and had seen people, mostly teens in Gothwear, buying it. I thought it would be your usual, angry-rock, run-of-the-mill crap. Boy, was I wrong.

    Jack Johnson's self-titled CD is one of the most fun, studied pieces of pure, instrument-and-rhythm-driven music that I've heard in ages. When it begins, "Inaudible Melodies" is soft, folky, but then the drums come in, the rhythm kicks it up a notch, and Johnson, with his earnest, skilled delivery of the most complicated, tongue-twisting vocals, just wins over your ears.

    And every song on the CD is that good.

    It wasn't until I listened to the whole album that I realized that this is the guy who sings that "Bubble Toes" song. I loved that song whenever it came on the radio, yet I bought the album featured on it without even realizing I'd done so.

    That, in its own way, speaks to Johnson's talent over his hype. I bought this on a lark, and I'm very glad I did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
    This guy has an incredible amount of talent, both of his cd's have struck me well. You can listen to all of his songs, and be content. Their all good in their own way. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ALBUM

    5-0 out of 5 stars I am a METALHEAD!
    I am a hardcore metalhead (Shadows Fall, Megadeth, Dimmu Borgir, Slayer, Opeth...) but I love this album. This album is beautiful. So good. Buy ... Read more

    12. Deadwing
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    Before the Mars Volta made prog-metal fashionable again - with a little help from the Dillinger Escape Plan and My Chemical Romance - Porcupine Tree's 2002 US debut, In Abstentia, had already laid most of the groundwork. For the middle-aged British quartet led by Steven Wilson, '70s rockers like Rush and Yes (with whom the group toured after the album's release) never went out of style but instead left behind grandiose scriptures to be studied for all of eternity. So while tighter and more efficient in spots ("Shallow," "Halo"), Porcupine Tree's Deadwing faithfully keeps the technically proficient epics coming, peaking with multi-tentacled 12-minute "Arriving Somewhere (But Not Here)." --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Deadwing is really good but In Absentia is great, enjoy both
    My 15 year son and I just drove 150 miles to see Porcupine Tree and it was worth every penny and mile. Excellent sound and music in a small venue. With songs from In Absentia, Deadwing, and Stupid Dream, it made for a perfect concert. I'd like to think of Porcupine Tree as a contemporary form of the early Genesis with Peter Gabriel (Trespass or Selling England), with a little mix of King Crimson (Bible Black or Red), while throwing in some very nice Steve Wilson (PT) influence that helps set it apart from the those groups. Production work is solid, the music is moving, and the lyrics mysterious. Only wish they would have played Open Car from DeadWing or Strip the Soul from In Absentia in the concert. But Shallow (DW) and Blackest Eyes (IA) made up for it. Check out their schedule on Ticketmaster and go see this group. You'll be screaming for more encores...........

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good News "IT ROCKS!" -Bad News "IT ROCKS"
    Well Steven, you've caught a wave to our local AOR grind and crud station. Though a novelty hearing Porcupine Tree trashing Tool, this outing is, indeed, a dead wing - it never gets off the ground. It's a sad day when Adrian Belew has to stand in to carry off the best two guitar solo's on the disc. It never occured to me in my wildest dreams that I'd be giving a PT release the thumbs down. The only redeeming quality is that this may bring (long overdo) attention to a band thats a heck of alot better than you'll hear here. Why one of the truly remarkable guitarists of our time (among other instruments) has been in a retrograde orbit since "Siginify" continues to baffle me. If you want to hear SW in his prime, listen to the classic "Dark Matter." Or better yet, get a hard-to-find issue of "Coma Divine." Now THAT'S a mind blower. My stunning introduction to PT was "In Absentia". It has been played more than any collection I've owned in 30 some odd years. If you're new to PT, don't miss their early stuff. In doing so you'll come to recognize what a truly remarkable band they are. I'll wait hopefully for the next release.

    3-0 out of 5 stars PT De Los Average
    All-in-all a somewhat boring release by PT.PT is one of my favorite bands and contrary to other reviewers, I don't think it is anything like In fact, it feels more like some of the more weaker releases from "up the downstairs" or signify" era, but with more up-to-date guitar distortion.Beautiful melody is generally lacking and replaced with dry, brooding jams.Even though I rated it average, I am rating against the 'PT standard' Deadwing is worthy of attention over most music out there.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Deadwing or how to leave the best song out of an album
    I must say that I'm a bit disappointed with this album. I don't know exactly why I'm disappointed because "Deadwing" is not a big departure from the "In Absentia" sound, which at the same time is not a big departure from the "Lightbulb Sun" sound, and I love both albums. Maybe that's why I don't love "Deadwing", because it doesn't break much new ground like previous albums. Do you remember the jump between "Sky Moves Sideways" and "Signify" ? or the one between "Signify" and "Stupid Dream" ? You won't find this here. The first thing you notice is that the guitar solos are moving further away from the Gilmour sound SW had in the past, which in my opinion, is a good thing. The second thing you notice is that the "heaviness" is more apparent here than "In Absentia". "Shallow" is the main proponent here, people keep saying this song works better in the context of the album, but I think it kills its flow badly. The worst song in my opinion. Before you start drawing conclusions about me, I must say that I have no problems with distortion, right now one of my favorite bands is Isis, but, I don't know, this kind of "american" or Led Zeppelin sounding riffs don't work very well with PT, for example, the hard parts in "Deadwing" or "Mellotron Scratch", and that awful Dream Theater impersonation in the middle of "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" feel out of place and ruin those otherwise cool songs in my opinion. "Halo" is the only song where the hard guitars blend in the song perfectly. The haunting chorus in "Open Car" is another example of great use of distortion, but then, the verse, which sounds similar to "Strip The Soul", one of the weakest songs in "In Absentia", kills the mood of the song. Then, we are left with the mellower songs in the album, Lazarus", "Start Of Something Beautiful" and "Glass Arm Shattering" which, in my opinion, are the best songs in the album. But, they are nowhere near the brilliance of "Half Light", which inexplicably, SW has left out of the album. My CD doesn't have the new "Shesmovedon" so I can only comment from a mp3 file. To put it simply, this new version is a clear case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

    I'm reading all these reviews saying "Deadwing is their best" and "Deadwing rulez", and I'm starting to doubt if I'm listening to the same album as those people, because I don't think it's that great, it's only ok, it ranks below "Signify", "Stupid Dream", "Lightbulb Sun" and "In Absentia" in my list. One thing I'm sure is that this album won't gain new fans outside the prog and classic rock circles, Deadwing has all the elements to please the fans of these genres, and to scare people outside them. I, for one, hope SW leaves this "metal" obsession he has now, and moves into a new direction, and please, not a "back to our roots" one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Consolidation, Not a Stretch
    Most Americans heard of Porcupine Tree with the release of 2002's In Absentia, and had a lot of catching up to do.Unapologetically progressive, it was obvious that Steve Wilson's musical collective grew up on Yes and Floyd and Tull and Genesis.Yet this being the new millennium, they were also familiar with Metallica-sized riffs and System of a Down-esoterica.Since prog is the new punk, Porcupine Tree are now seen as harbingers. Deadwing, their tenth (I think) studio release, is a consolidation not a stretch.The heaviest numbers are the most concise, especially the one-two punch of "Shallow" and "Halo".Elsewhere, they jam, particularly well on the opening title track.They're superb at it, they are, but they aren't Zeppelin, and they remind me of a wonderful (and obscure) progressive outfit from the late 70's called Crack the Sky, whom I have to admit I'd rather listen to. ... Read more

    13. Get Behind Me Satan
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    Their fifth album, Get Behind Me Satan is the strangest and least focused effort by these unlikely garage rock superstars to date. It's also their finest, an Exile on Main Street-ish mish-mash where the sum is greater than the parts. In a market increasingly driven by singles and downloads, it's nice to be reminded how exciting an album can be, especially one where you really don't know what to expect next. There are a lot fewer pounding guitars on this album. They've largely been replaced by pounding pianos. Most songs sound like rough mixes at first; almost every song has something exceptionally loud in the mix--the guitar solo in "The Nurse," the drums in "Doorbell," everything in "Blue Orchid." After a few listens, however, it becomes clear that the group is not using the studio as an instrument so much as exposing the nuts and bolts in the process along the way.

    There are some duds; the wanky blooze-rawk number "Instinct Blues" goes on way too long and it would be nice if "The Nurse" had a real chorus. Whether "Passive Manipulation" is about the wife-or-sister schtick, if the cover artwork indeed has Jack and Meg calling each other devils, and which scripture is referred to by the album's title (Matthew, Mark or Luke?): none of that matters so much as the fact that this album is strangely sprawling and obliquely ass-kicking at the same time. "Orchid" is a rockdisko sonic smash that shows how to really get rock kids on the dancefloor. Meanwhile, "Doorbell" sounds enough like the Jackson Five to totally rule, and "Forever for Her" is the best ballad Jack's written in years. The fact that some marimbas provide the driving force to "Forever" makes it all the better. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

    14. Los Lonely Boys
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Los Lonely Boys Take You To Heaven
    Los Lonely Boys is made of the three Garza brothers, guitarist Henry, bassist Jojo and drummer Ringo. They hail from San Angelo, Texas and their music is rooted in their home state. Drawing from artists all over the musical map like Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richie Valens, Los Lobos, The Beatles and every one in between, the brothers have forged an interesting musically sound. Henry's guitar playing is a force throughout the album. He channels Stevie Ray Vaughan on "Crazy Dreams", Santana on "Dime Mi Amor" and sets his own original sound throughout especially with his magnificent acoustic guitar playing. The brothers have wonderful harmonies that provide the songs with a soulful air. "Heaven" is the first single and is, so far, the best song of the year. The album was recorded at Willie Nelson's studio in Austin, TX and Mr. Nelson provides guest guitar work on "La Contestacion". The group has done a wonderful job of absorbing the musical history taught to them by their musical father and mixing those diverse sounds into their own original rock and roll stew.

    5-0 out of 5 stars They May Be Compared to Many Artists, but...
    I can't recall when the last time was that I actually just let a new cd play all the way through without skipping a track on the first play due to boredom or the track's lack of power to hold my interest...Los Lonely Boys debut is that extremely rare album. From the awesome guitar work to the melodic sounds such as found in the track Heaven this is the kind of music I'm always open to and crave; this is the kind of real artistry that is set apart from the kiddie music heard on pop-junk radio and video stations !From previous reviews they have been compared to everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan (LLB even give him a thankful nod in the liner notes of the cd) to (as one reviewer said) Los Lobos. Hints of Santana? Maybe. What matters is that the music and lyrics are infectious from track one to the last track.Are there many musical influential styles? Absolutely. Everything from Texan blues, some country, to good ol' rock and roll from the days of Richie Valens and Elvis Presley. Plenty of Southwestern and some Californian (almost a la Dwight Yoakam) feel...The mixture of so many different influences is done to create such a unique and colorful panoramic style of their own that I do believe these boys stand out ! So what if these guys do become very famous. It won't mean that they are necessarily sell outs but that the commercial music industry has finally opened up it's eyes and ears to something that does not have a rap, hip hop beat or head banging trash-like influence on young cd buyers...

    5-0 out of 5 stars From The Soul
    The Los Lonely Boys are a Texas Blues Mix filled with alot of soul. The Los Lonely Boys debut album includes no fill in's, all great music from the soul. Im sure everyone has heard the hit Heaven on CMT, or VH1, or on the radio. This album titled Los Lonely Boys has just recently went Platnium make sure you pick up a copy before those copies get sold out. The cheapist way you can purchase this album is at Wal-Mart for 9.99 what a cheap price I bought mine for 19.99. If your wondering what the band sounds like they are a defintie mix between Texas Blues, Henry the lead guitarist will remind you of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and of Richie Valens. Enjoy! Highly Recomended!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Los Lonely Boys are true rock 'n roll!!
    These guys are really what rock 'n roll is all about. They bring something unique, while remaining true to the influences of the past and their heritage. I hope that they stay around for a long time. I bought this CD on an impulse after having heard only "Heaven" on the radio, and I certainly do not regret it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Music!
    Having just recently hearing these guys on the radio, I rarely listen to the radio here in Tucson, but very glad I did that day! I went right to Amazon and bought it and now it is living in my CD player and it will be quite a while before I take it out! Every song brings out more and more of these guys talents,such melodic, fun, upbeat music and brotherly ties! Santana/SRV influences, but not these guys are NOT copycats, truly unique! From the very beginning of this CD with "Senorita" wrenching-smokin' guitar riffs, 6 string bass and drums! Can't wait to see these guys LIVE and the progressions which will influence these guys who are definitely on their wayto the top. Also saw them on The View this morning playing their radio hit "Heaven", good looking "Lonely boys" too! It's so wonderful to have good Hispanic music which is fun and not RAP for a change! KUDOS Boys!!!! ... Read more

    15. What I Really Mean
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    Few songwriters are as cinematic as Robert Earl Keen. In the tradition of Keen's classic "The Road Goes on Forever" and "Merry Christmas from the Family," his eleventh album finds the Texas troubadour transforming indelible characters, vivid description, and narrative drive into movies for the ear. He delves into the surreal with "The Great Hank," a spoken-word barroom vignette that features Hank Williams in a time warp (and in drag). He turns a fable about animals into a tale as dark and twisted as film noir in "Mr. Wolf and Mama Bear," and enlists a vocal cameo from Ray Price and a serenade from Mariachi Estrella to provide the soundtrack for the droll story of cantina overindulgence in "A Border Tragedy." Even the tender title song, about the touring musician missing his wife, shows his eye for evocative detail, with one of Keen's warmest vocals to date. Produced by his bandleader/guitarist Rich Brotherton, the album's musically expansive arrangements match the ambition of the storytelling, with guest banjo from the Bad Livers' Danny Barnes, a lovely soprano sax by John Mills on the title cut, and Celtic pipes from E.J. Jones on "The Traveling Storm." Keen may well expand his audience along with his musical range, as the uptempo "The Wild Ones" could pass as a John Hiatt cut, while "Broken End of Love" has an echo of Tom Petty. --Don McLeese ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great American Songwriter, Singer and Performer
    I bought this cd at a recent live show by REK that I attended and have to say this one's a good one.He performed some of the songs on the cd at the show and everyone there was very accepting, especially when he sang the Hank song.REK is one of America's treasures, a great songwriter, performer and vocalist.Get this one, you will not be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE
    This is REK's finest album yet.Some instant classics that will be must plays at all of his concerts - For Love, What I Really Mean and Broken End of Love.The whole album from start to end is a winner.Buy it now!You will not want to take it out of your cd player.

    5-0 out of 5 stars REK returns to form
    I cant tell you how happy I was when I first listened to this CD.
    REK is back in good form. good songs and good production. Highly recommend it.
    This is a very happy surprise after his last 2 releases.
    Gravitational Forces had BAD production and decent songs.
    Farm Fresh Onions had BAD production AND Bad songs.

    yeeehaahes back and Im loving it

    5-0 out of 5 stars REK you did it!!!!!!!!!!!
    FANTASTIC!!!! BUY THIS ALBUM!! Ever sInce Gringo Honeymoon REK has been working. Searching. Trying different things. I applaud his efforts and have always loved the music, but let me say Robert Earl Keen has finally done it. This album is fantastic. This is the first album I have listened to each track TWICE before moving on to the next song. His songwriting is superb. This CD has the old school REK that we all fell in love with but with that twist he has been working towards for nearly 10 years. He is NOT the pluck pluck yuk yuk performer that he was afraid of becoming. Superb. You just gotta buy this CD. Sit back with a cold one and enjoy. What I really mean is this possibly the best REK album yet!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What I Really Mean is Buy This CD
    I have been listening to an advance copy of this album for almost two months. I have played it so often that my wife wants me to leave the house. She thinks I have a weird sickness for REK music, which I probably do. That said, I can tell you that this is an amazing CD and probably the best effort of Robert's long career. I think it could be the break out album for the premier singer songwriter from Texas.

    Although I liked Farm Fresh Onions, I am really a bigger fan of some of his earlier stuff. Several songs off Bigger Piece of Sky, especially Paint the Town Beige and Crazy Cowboy Dream have always been my favorite REK tunes. I still listen to Picnic often. My favorite songs on it are: Over The Waterfall, Running With The Night and 4th of July.

    If you share my love for those early songs, you are really going to like What I Really Mean. The song writing is vintage REK, and the band is excellent. Rich Brotherton may be the most under rated guitar player in the world. The rhythm section is as solid (game) as always on every song. The addition of Danny Barnes on banjo adds nicely to the sound of several tracks.

    My favorite cuts on the CD are the title track with its catchy sax, banjo and wonderfully descriptive lyrics. I also love Broken End of Love. Even Bob Dylan hasn't written a song that uses the word metamorphosis. I also like the last cut, Ride, with its bouncy kind of rhythm and great lyrics.My 3-year-old daughter, who is a huge REK fan, likes Ride the best, along with Mama Bear.

    If you are already a fan or just curious about Robert's music, you need to buy this CD. You will not be disappointed. Buy it and tell a friend. ... Read more

    16. Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys
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    The cynical may question just how many Beach Boys greatest hits albums are enough. Non-cynics, however, will appreciate what makes Sounds of Summer unique. This is the first single-disc collection to feature such a large cross selection of hits from the group's entire career, spanning 1962's "Surfin' Safari" through 1988's "Kokomo." All 30 tracks, spanning several label changes, were Billboard Top 40 hits and are probably now as identifiable as the national anthem to anyone with radio or TV access. The fact that the tracks aren’t in chronological order helps make for a fresh listening experience, as does the crisp digital sound. And yet these songs--even those that are more than four decades old--always sound strangely fresh and will likely remain so as long as there are beaches, young people, and that symbolic season of freedom and dreams. Which is to say that the title here passes "the truth in advertising" test. Perfect for those casual fans not yet ready to spring for the individual albums, Sounds of Summer is, in many ways, a better representation of this legendary band's art than Elvis' 30 No. 1 Hits and The Beatles 1 were of the King and the Fab Four. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best BEACH BOYS compilation ever!
    This is a very comprehensive compilation of Beach Boys' top 40 hits and it's a much more generous collection than any previous single disc BB "best of" package. 30 tracks are packed onto this one disc equaling to 75 minutes of non-stop Beach Boys classics! No one will feel that this collection is perfect (I would've preferred "Caroline, No" to "Do You Wanna Dance?" and "It's OK" to "Good Timin'") but how can you argue with 30 top 40 hits? In addition to the great track selection there are several first time stereo mixes to make this disc an even more interesting buy. "California Girls", "Shut Down", "Dance Dance Dance" and "Heroes and Villains" are all mixed to stereo for this disc. The songs from "Pet Sounds" are also included in their stereo versions. Plus the single versions of "Help Me Rhonda" and "Be True to Your School" are used instead of the inferior LP versions that were featured on the earlier "20 Good Vibrations" CD. All in all, an exceptional collection. Just once Beach Boys classic after another.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Collection of Their Classic Hits on One CD
    Many reviews focus on the plethora of best-of compilations that have been foisted on the record-buying public. And they make a valid point. However, don't let that obscure the fact that this is the best single-disc collection of Beach Boys music currently available. [And with many stores selling it at $10 or less, it's far and away the best bargain as well!]

    This album has 30 of their 33 Top 40 hits. The only missing singles are 1965's non-LP single "The Little Girl I Once Knew," 1966's "Caroline No" from PET SOUNDS, and 1976's "It's O.K." from 15 BIG ONES. With a running time of 75:58, it's unforgivable that at least one of these songs wasn't also added, but there was no way you could include them all.

    The only problem I have with the CD is its sequencing. "California Girls" is a classic Beach Boys song and a great lead-off track, but it was their 15th hit, not their first. And while "Good Vibrations" is unquestionably their crowning achievement and closes the album on a high note, elsewhere it's a bit awkward to go from a by-the-book cover of "Rock and Roll Music" from 1976 and then follow it up with a trio of tracks from their classic mid-Sixties period.

    With that kvetching aside, this is a very enjoyable collection. The 20-page booklet has some terrific photos and serviceable liner notes. The CD has the original yellow-and-orange 45 rpm label. And the music has never sounded better. ESSENTIAL

    5-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much better than this!
    I can't think of a better compilation of a single band's work than this!

    I've always been of two minds regarding the Beach Boys. On one hand they can provide fuel for cynics by producing songs with trite lyrics that look silly beyond belief on the printed page. But when you listen to the music and their harmonies, you quickly fall under the spell of fantastic musicianship. They can be crass and commercial in the extreme, with concerts that are formulaic and multiple "Best of..." collections that only exploit the show business maxim of "always leave them wanting more." But there is nothing to criticize here... nothing at all.

    When all is said and done, it's about the music, and the music of the Beach Boys is something special! Listening to this collection of thirty hits (with nary a clinker among them), you can almost wear yourself out just tapping your foot and moving with the music.

    Ask any group of fans for their favorite Beach Boys classic, and you'll likely get a different answer from each; my vote would be for Sloop John B. But I'd be willing to bet that 99% of the population will fine their own "my favorite Beach Boys" song on this CD. And they will sing/hum/dance or drum along with every cut on this fantastic body of work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Single - Disc Beach Boys Collection Ever
    Countless Beach Boys hits collections have been thrown around like trash over the years. Most of them are not good. 2003's 30 - song "Sounds Of Summer" is the exception. It features all the big hits plus a few less recgonized tracks.

    All the Beach Boys classics are here. Whether you enjoy "Surfin' USA", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "California Girls" or "Good Vibrations", it's unlikely that your favorite Beach Boys song isn't here. But there's more than a few unrecognizable songs hear that make this collection even more worthwhile: the latter - day singles "Wild Honey", "Darlin'", "Do It Again", "I Can Hear Music", "Good Timin'", "Come Go With Me" and "Getcha Back" are just as good as anything from their peak period.

    As usual, there is a fair amount of hits missing, even with 30 songs. There are too many to list here, so I'll just list the ones that reached the Billboard top 40. They are:

    "Little Saint Nick" (numner 6)
    "The Warmth Of The Sun" (number 13)
    "The Man With All The Toys" (number 3)
    "Caroline No" (number 32)
    "It's Ok" (number 29)

    But overall, this a very worthwhile collection of classic music, perfect for this time of year. Also, get the boxed set "Thirty Years Of Good Vibrations".

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Beach Boys Are Cool.
    I don't think there is a single American child over the age of three that hasn't heard a Beach Boys song. They are still a significant part of our culture and a glimpse into the teen culture of our past (which isn't that different from today's). People loved them and still love them, that's why they are, perhaps, the greatest American band of all time. I don't think I can say that about many other artists, only R.E.M. and Talking Heads come to mind.

    The compilation contains thirty of their Top 40 hits and spans their entire career. If you're already a fan, you know all the songs and hold them dear to your heart. If you're a new fan, this is a great CD for you to begin your Beach Boys experience. There are a few splendid stereo mixes of songs that were only found in mono or poor stereo versions. "Heroes and Villians" is a major highlight, as well as "Good Vibrations." ... Read more

    17. The Hand That Feeds
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    The first single to be lifted from the 2005 album,'White Teeth'. This UK limited edition includes three versions of the title track,Album Version, Photek Straight Remix and Photek Dub. Interscope. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars the hand of the artist should have been in this
    rockin' song with great energy dampered only by the limited number of versions. Why go to the trouble of cutting a disc like this without giving the consumer 5 or 6 versions of the song? Trent should know better, being the music fan that he is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I think it's solid.
    Remember all that garbage social music you've heard for years now?Please let it go.Don't call that music 'pop music', call it 'Disney Dollars'.

    What do I mean?I might know...

    I've been a NIN fan all the long.Trent's certain breed of music has always had a bitter aftertaste.I think there's a point there.

    Let's talk about 'The Hand That Feeds'.Musicaly, any other time than now, this would be wrong.I thought a long time ago that once computer screen resolutions where so high that no normal person could see individual pixels... at that time, at this time...the mosiac effect is effective artisticaly.So, that in mind along with what everybody really has noticed these last 10 years... 'The Hand That Feeds' is the best song I've heard in a long time....and it's all done in that walking talk the talk in NIN style; acceptable now for a social setting.

    The lyrics in 'The Hand That Feeds' has the most clever double meaning contained in there.I don't think anybody is catching it.

    So, I'm a little disturbed that everybody misses the point.If this isn't an original song... what is?I wonder what the kids would say to answer that question?Maybe something about Incubus or... uh... Jay Z...

    Lastly, if you don't know who Photek is... You probably won't get the remixes.You don't listen to something extendedly titled [Dub Mix] and be disgusted when it's the type of thing to play in club that's not too busy playing irresponsible dry-hump music that has spoken lyrics about killing gangstas.Yeeeaaah!

    Nobody wants to change it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars There've Been Better, But There've Been Worse
    ALBUM MIX: I'm not going to bother much with this; we've all heard it, it's a great song, let's hear it for Nine Inch Nails, yay.

    STRAIGHT MIX: Interesting extended take on the original, and well-done.There's not much actual remixing - other than the techno beat, the "whispering" and the "horror movie synths" near the bridge (which were great), it stays mostly true to the album version - but that doesn't stop it from being a good listen, and it's just as catchy as the album version.I especially liked when the music mostly drops out in favour of the vocals at 3:53; it was a nice touch, one that probably should've been part of the album cut.Either way, not bad.

    DUB MIX: It's a house version.What can be said about that, really?Trent's occasional voice adds something, and the beat and guitar/synth loops are infectious enough with this mix that it doesn't fall COMPLETELY flat... but you're probably not going to want to listen to it too often.Decent.

    OVERALL: I'd rather spend my money on Things Falling Apart or Further Down The Spiral, of course... but this was supposed to be a single, not a remix album, and as such, it's not bad.Worth a few quid, but don't bump it to the top of your list.

    SIDE NOTE: Trent is SO not fat; my bandmate Aeon and I saw him a few days ago, and he's as ripped as he ever was.

    1-0 out of 5 stars For diehards only.
    Let me start by putting out a couple of my biases before getting into this review-- first, I relaly don't care for remixes as a rule, unless they're dramatic and severely restructure a song, I generally find they add little.Second, I really don't care for "The Hand That Feeds".

    Having said that, the piece is presented in three mixes, the album version, the Straight mix, and the Dub mix.The album version has a catchy, circular guitar line and a straightahead drum beat that's actually decent until the bridge with this bizarrely irritating spoken wordish section.Just doesn't work.

    The remixes fare no better-- the Straight mix adds different rock beats and an extended introduction that eventually becomes tedious, the dub mix layers a grating sustained guitar note over a beat and a mumbled repeated take on the chorus.

    If you're a fan, get it.If not, skip this one, there's good reasons it wasn't released in the U.S.

    1-0 out of 5 stars SAD.Pathetic.Lame.Desperate.
    Trent, sweetie, we know you want another radio single and to sell a TON of merch on your new tour.

    Good luck, baby cakes.

    This song sounds like a fourth-rate Utah band with a CD rack full of Halos.

    Really sad.Without a doubt, the lamest of all NIN singles.

    Silly, sad, fat Trent doesn't understand that he owes his "fame" to Mark Romanek and the catchphrase "I want to BLEEP you like an animal."

    NIN is dead.At least we still have The Downward Spiral and Broken.

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    18. The Beatles (The White Album)
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    Better known as the "White Album," this was meant to be the record that brought them back to earth after three years of studio experimentation. Instead, it took them all over the place, continuing to burst the envelope of pop music. Lennon and McCartney were still at the height of their powers, with Lennon in particular growing into one of rock's towering figures. But even McCartney could still rock, and the amazement on "Helter Skelter" was that he had vocal cords at the end. From Beach Boys knock-offs to reggae and to the unknown ("Revolution #9"), this has it all. Some records have legend written all over them; this is one. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BEATLES ALBUM!
    Perhaps the most written about rock album of all time, the White Album is a masterpiece. Released in 1968, this was supposed to be a return to their old sound after getting involved in psychedelia. Instead of a drug- induced title, they choose a self-titled name. Instead of a wildly colorful album cover, they choose a stark white cover. The music shoots all over the map-there's pop, ska, metal, 30s music, avant-garde, blues, folk-rock, country, doo wop, straight up rock and roll and much more.

    The album kicks off with Back in the USSR, a great Beach Boys parody in the middle,Paul plays drums here. Dear Prudence is my favorite John ballad, very sad and emotional. Glass Onion is a sarcastic John tune which scorns people who overanaylaze his lyrics. Very good. Next is Paul's ska inflected Ob-la-di Ob-lo-da, which gets annoying fast. Wild Honey Pie is cool little experimental tune, very short. The Continuning Story of Bungalow Bill is a campfire sing-along type song, also a little annoying. While my Guitar Gently Weeps is a George masterpiece which features his close friend Eric Clapton on guitar. Happiness is a Warm Gun is 3 songs in one-a slow ballad,a pyschedilic hard rock song, and a 50s style song. very cool but lyrics make no sense.
    Martha My Dear is a Macca ballad about his dog, short. nice piano. I'm So Tired is a good pop song (sorta.)Blackbird is a great song about the civil rights, just Paul and his acoustic guitar. Piggies is a political commentary from George,complete with pig sound effects. Rocky Racoon is a mock country style song, nice old time harp and piano make it sound authentic. Dont Pass Me By is a Ringo tune with some nice fiddle but gets annoying. Why Don't We Do it in the Road? is a short hard rock song from Paul. I Will is a ballad that gets kinda dull. Julia is just John and his acoustic, pretty song, a tribute to his mother who died when he was young. Birthday is a straight up rock and roll song with good guitar riffs. Yer Blues is a bluesy hard rock type song, with John yelling sucicidal comments over the pounding music. Mother Nature's Son is a collobaration from Paul and John and is good acoustic music. Nice lyrics about the union between nature and man. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except me and My Monkey is a hard rock song with catchy lyrics and guitar riffs. Sexy sadie is a mellow John song about his total dissatisfaction the with Mahareshi. Helter Skelter is the hardest rocking Beatles song ever and is a great proto-metal song. Horribly, however, this along with another song, inspired Charles Manson to kill. Long, Long, Long is George song about coming to terms with God. It is an emotional powerhouse. Revolution 1 is a watered down doo wop take on the hard rocking single version. Honey Pie is a 30s type song that Paul wrote as a tribute to his father, who played this type of music. When he says i like this kind of music, it is a direct jab at Lennon, who hated Paul's music-hall romps. Savoy Truffle is cool George song about sweets written as a playful tribute to Eric Clapton, who was a chocohalocic. George found a choclate box at Clapon's house and most of the names in that song were real-life choclates. It has a sort of psychedlic Motown beat. Cry Baby Cry is a great John ballad with it's fairy tale lyrics and gentle melody. Revolution 9 is the most hated Beatles song, but i think it's pretty cool. It sounds like a soundtrack of a man's descent into insanity. To end the album is the schmatlzy Good Night, which features Ringo and an Orchestra. A nice end to an amazing album. BOTTOM LINE-buy it. better then srg pepper or revolver or any othe beatle. but their still great. This is definetly one of the 10 greatest rock albums of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Album In Rock And Roll History
    In the history of Rock and Roll music, no other band or individual has ever released a collection of songs with as much diversity as the Beatles did with the White Album in the Fall of 1968. With 30 tracks and a running time of about 94 minutes, the Beatles White Album is a brilliant reminder that no rock and roll act has ever been as good, past or present. By 1968, the Beatles could write music in literally any musical genre that they wanted to and pull it off with often amazing results. From folk leanings on this record there is Blackbird, Mother Natures Son, Rocky Raccoon, and Julia. When the Beatles attempted hard rock the results were, Helter Skelter, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey. With Pop music the White Album offers Obladi-Obladi, Martha My Dear, and Sexy Sadie. With classic rock, this records offers Birthday, Dear Prudence, I'm So Tired, Back in the USSR and Happiness is a Warm Gun. With country music the Beatles try and succeed with Don't Pass Me Bye. When its ballads, the Beatles treat the listener to the lush Good Night and when the Beatles take a turn at writing an old school show tune the result is the entertaining Honey Pie. Also, let's not forget the blues with the slow version of Revolution contained here and the classic Yer Blues. Good luck in trying to find another musical act that can deliver this kind of diversity that is around today. This album is why we record music and sell it to people folks, to preserve greatness. Buy this album!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant musical hodge-podge
    The Beatles left very deep footprints, and, love them or hate them, they are a cultural force to be reckoned with. The White Album represents both the peak of their art and the nadir of their personal relationships within the group (only to be surpassed by the gruesome Let It Be sessions...). Less of a group effort, each of Fabs here showcase their individual songwriting and singing talents, using the others as session players. They decisively destroy the image of the four happy pop clones of 1964. It was a liberating move for the musicians, but it can also be a jarring experience for the listener. It is a massive, sprawling masterwork that occasionally verges on complete collapse. The Beatles were never afraid to push the envelope to breaking point and beyond: The White Album is a case-in-point. As a historical document, The White Album can be heard as the "come down" from the Summer of Love, a testament to the idealism and disillusion (and dissipation) of 1968 (the year that saw the murder of both Martin Luther King and the death of the dream of peace, both within the US and internationally with the escalation of the Vietnam War). The minimalist cover artwork can be seen as the inevitable antidote to the colorful and florid excesses of Flower Power fashion. The White Album is a historical moment preserved in song. Matching the anguish and uncertainty of the era is the anguish and schizophrenia of the Beatles music on this record.

    Many (including producer George Martin) have complained that the album is too long and includes tracks of inferior quality, that it could have been boiled down to a single album of solid gold. Honestly, there is something here to offend everybody. While most people (including Paul McCartney) find Revolution #9 unlistenable, it was a major achievement of experimental electronica at the time, and it bears repeated listening (but not when you're in an Obla-di Obla-da mood!). You may find yourself consistently skipping over several tracks, like Why Don't We Do It in the Road?, Wild Honey Pie, Good Night, Don't Pass Me By because they're all put-ons.

    I find myself skipping over some tracks, like Yer Blues, not because it's a poorly written tune, but because it's just too emotionally painful, which is actually an acknowledgement of Lennon's success as an artist. He was in pain, and he conveyed it all too clearly. Helter Skelter, on the other hand, is completely empty of meaning, yet is absolutely hair-raising, perhaps the most terrifying pop song ever (after I Am the Walrus). The frantic clanging of Everybody's Got Something to Hide matches perfectly with Lennon's manic mood and mystical mind at the time. He describes the most profound LSD and/or meditation experience - "Your outside is in/when your inside is out" - but the way he sings it, it sounds like he's being torn apart by the experience, making the song both inspiring and frightening. I'm So Tired is such an effective evocation of apathy, insomnia, and frustration that it also makes my hair stand on end, esp. when he screams "I'd give you everything I've got for a little peace of mind!" That song has fit into the soundtrack of my life alarmingly well. In short, some people might be put off by The White Album because it is too emotionally charged and artistically adventurous. It wasn't designed as musical wallpaper and refuses to be reduced to that. You have to be prepared to listen to The White Album. When you are, it's an exhilirating experience. If not, it might make you want to puke.

    The contrast in mood between the tracks is most jarring. Lennon snarls at his fans in Glass Onion, layers sarcasm on gun lovers in Happiness is a Warm Gun, pointedly berates the Left in Revolution #1, savagely attacks the Maharishi in Sexy Sadie, wails of suicide in Yer Blues. In contrast, McCarney offers some of his mildest, sweetest songs - I Will, Blackbird, and Mother Nature's Son, as well as the syrupy, music hall kitsch of Honey Pie, Martha My Dear, and Rocky Raccoon. None of McCartney's tracks here are "deep," but if you're in the mood for some tasty musical candies, these fit the bill quite nicely. Obladi Oblada is perhaps the best of the fluffy treats here. If this is your first exposure to the Beatles, you might well wonder how the group could contain such dramatic differences in temperament. (In fact, it couldn't, and would soon collapse because of those very differences in personality).

    The classic tunes of this collection certainly more than justify the purchase of the two-disc set. John offers the stunning ode to his lost mother (and to Yoko) entitled Julia. George Harrison scores perhaps his greatest triumph with While My Guitar Gently Weeps (featuring Eric Clapton on lead guitar). Lennon's Dear Prudence is another touching masterpiece, written to order to induce Prudence Farrow to quit hiding out in her bungalow at Rishikesh. Ultimately, The White Album has something to delight everyone. If you prefer to avoid some tracks, you are among the majority of listeners. That's par for The White Album course. Once again, the inconsistency of the album accurately portrays the mind of each of the Beatles at the time as well as the larger cultural environment of 1968. It is required listening for anyone interested in 20th c. pop music. But be forewarned, it's not a smooth ride.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great in every sense of the word
    Most bands who attempt to follow up their most critically acclaimed album produce something mediocre at best. But not the Beatles. Nothing on this sounds like Sgt. Pepper. The variety of songs is breathtaking. Yes, it's obvious they were splintering but it doesn't take away from the fact that they still fed off of each other's creativity and were totally unafraid to take risks. It just may be the most adventurous musical offering of the 20th century. It is bold and thought-provoking while at the same time memorable and timeless. No collection is complete without it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not the best Beatles work
    This album,known as "the White Album", is truly a turning point in the band's history. We can agree on that. What people can't agree on is whether this album is amazingly good, or mediocre. Well, the fact is, while this album has some good material on it, some of it just sucks. The band were too drugged up at the time of recording, and the tensions within the band were just escalating. ... Read more

    19. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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    Before Sgt. Pepper, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art. That all changed in 1967, though, when John, Paul, George and Ringo (with "A Little Help" from their friend, producer George Martin) created an undeniable work of art which remains, after 30-plus years, one of the most influential albums of all time. From Lennon's evocative word/sound pictures (the trippy "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," the carnival-like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite") and McCartney's music hall-styled "When I'm 64," to Harrison's Eastern-leaning "Within You Without You," and the avant-garde mini-suite, "A Day in the Life," Sgt.Pepper was a milestone for both '60s music and popular culture.--Billy Altman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
    Sgt. Pepper is probably the most influencal rock album...ever. Starting with the impossibly catchy, rock friendly title track, which gices you the impression you are watching Sgt. Pepper preform live, Billy Shears (Ringo) is introduced and With A Little... starts. Ringo does a great job singing this pop clasic. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is an amazing song by John, which, allagedly, had nothing to do with LSD. As much as I hate to admit is, Getting Better sounds better in Phillips commercials. It still sounds good here though. Fixing A Hole is a strange song, by Paul I think, but not bad. She's Leaving Home is more of a classical song than a Rock Song, with mostly strings. Hard to dislike. Mr. Kite is an odd, slow circus song by John. Again, it's impossibly catchy. Within You... is a hypnotic Indian song by George. Paul sped up his voice for When I'm Sixty Four, a 1920's song that, ironically, looks at the future. Lovely Rita is an accoustic/electric rocker. Good Morning is an early (catchy) ska song with blasting horns. Sgt. Pepper (reprise) closes up the concert the same way it opened it(in other words, it the same as the first song). A Day In The Life is a schizofrenic ballad, for lack of a better word. I won't begin do describe this incredible song with it's epic srtings, and fast chorus. At the end, a dog whistle comes on as joke. Anyway BUY THIS ALBUM.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite By The Beatles!
    I only just got into the Beatles this year (I am only 15). I first bought a greatest hits disc, then I went out and bought Abbey Road. I didn't see what all the fuss was about. Sgt. Peppers was my next purchase and I was floored. This CD is brilliant....especially when I think about how it was made over 40 years ago. BUY IT!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is my reason
    This album changed my life. If it weren't for this album I'd be trying to make it as a professional soccer player. Believe, I would never have had a shot. Thank God for the Beatles!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone says,the greatest album ever!!!
    Ignore malcontents who are imposible to make happy,this album was voted the greatest ever by rolling stone magazine,and you know they can't be wrong!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sgt. Pepper
    "...they use so many instruments that no other artist of their era could think of?..." No one had ever played of a sitar? They were the first to use a symphonic orchestra? The statements made up by people regarding this album are incredible. There are three good songs on this release. At the going download rate of 99 cents per song, I might buy this if it were marked down to $2.97. ... Read more

    20. Shangri La
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    Mark Knopfler isn't afraid to drop names. The heavyweight Cassius Clay laid low, the man who made burgers and fries into big business, the kings of rock & roll and skiffle are among the motley assortment who pass through Knopfler's fourth solo album. Recorded in Malibu with a tight crew of steadfast Knopfler sidemen, Shangri-La (the title comes from the studio where the entire set was recorded) chronicles the foibles of the acclaimed and the adrift, all delivered with the nonchalant grace that has marked Knopfler's music since Dire Straits emerged in the late '70s. Seven of album's 14 originals clock in at between five and seven minutes. That's Knopfler in a nutshell--don't rush things, but don't loose the thread, either. As a songwriter, Knopfler has a storyteller's eye for minutiae, which he delivers with practiced nuance. He overreaches here and there ("Song for Sonny Liston" fails to capture the pathos of the menacing fighter), but also pulls off a few career highlights (the understated crime-drama opener "5.15 a.m."). --Steve Stolder ... Read more

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