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    1. Abbey Road
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    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan essential recording

    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?




    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. Forty Licks
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Now And Then;The Story of the Most Greatest Rock'n Roll Band
    This is the party to celebrate forty years of history in the rock'n roll world. 40 immortal tracks coming out from records that have done the story of rock'n roll(remember the Rolling Stones played together for the first time in 1959!!): Rolling Stones nr. 1, Aftermath, Simpathy for the Devil, Exile on the Main Street, etc... (If you don't have just done it) you can enjoy songs like "Not Fade Away, "It's All Over Now"both of them recorded in 1964, as 1994's "Love Is Strong"(remember the super technological video) going through the arrogant "Street Fighting Man" (it sohappens that's the opener) and "Satisfaction" (i hope i don't have to tell anything about it) respectively written in 1968 and 1965. A pleasant surprise is that, this best contanins four brand-new tracks: "Don't Stop" (that's the single you've heard on the radio), the wonderful "Keys To Your Love","Stealing My Heart" in the odour of punk and the heartfelt Keith's execution on the yearning ballad "Losing My Touch". On the sleeve of the box they have decided to design the famous "lick" made expressly by Andy Warhol on the occasion of 1971 "Sticky Fingers" pubblications. The real art is made by stealing from different styles far and wide;the Rolling Stones created the way to be greatest artists.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's Only Rock and Roll, But They Licked It
    Holiday stockings will fill with career greatest hits collections in the wake of "Beatles 1"'s huge sales success two years ago. The Rolling Stones' 40-year story, told for the first time comprehensively on the 2CD "Forty Licks," is a more salacious saga with a more uneven soundtrack. The Stones' story told here is familiar, but conveniently packaged./

    The first disc is sonically clean and cleverly sequenced, covering 20 songs from this legendary group's six years on Decca/London Records. It's a thrilling ride from slamming, fresh R&B and rock covers ("Not Fade Away," "It's All Over Now") to R&B and hard country adaptations ("Satisfaction," "The Last Time," "Honky Tonk Women") to experimentation into psychedelica light and dark ("She's A Rainbow," "Paint It Black," "You Can't Always get What You Want," the infamous "Sympathy for the Devil").

    You sense America's cultural shift and shock as the suburban drug abuse of "Mother's Little Helper" slides into the acoustic/electric guitar brawl of "Street Fighting Man," to 1967's open invitation , "Let's Spend the Night Together." You again appreciate Keith Richards' and Brian Jones' interlocking guitar riffs and Charlie Watts' disciplined, aggressive drums, given their due thanks to remastering earlier this year. Some hit singles and key LP tracks are missed ("As Tears Go By," "Tell Me," "2000 Light Years from Home"). But these chart the Stones' cultural and musical progress running with the 60s seismic changes, not to mention Mick Jagger becoming a cultural icon and symbol of independence and rebellion.

    The second disc, covering the group's last 31 years, is more uneven and problematic. Some of the Stones very best individual tracks are here; "Start Me Up" and "Brown Sugar" still rouse. The hits from "Some Girls" recall how Jagger and Richards easily poured the era's disco and punk rhythms back into their classic sound. But the rest of the disc finds the band drifting across convoluted styles, trying to recapture past glories in the studio but rarely (as with 1994's "Voodoo Lounge" tracks) succeeding. Four new tracks, including the popish "Don't Stop" and Richards' drowsy "Losing My Touch" are the Stones chasing their formidable shadow.

    Even so, "Forty Licks" covers the peak points of the Rolling Stones' career, demonstrates their instrinsic knowledge of rock and roll, and effectively explains the sellout crowds for their renowned tours. From here, step back in time with "Singles Collection," "Aftermath," "Beggars Banquet," and others in the recently remastered 60s Stones catalogue, which by all accounts give the Rolling Stones best and rawest music its cleanest treatment yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Need 65 Licks +
    40 Licks was released worldwide on October 1, 2002. Obviously, there are 40 tracks including 4 new ones (the single Don't Stop, Stealing My Heart, Keys To Your Love, and Keith's Losing My Touch). This one is the 22nd compilation album the Stones have released. It is the 19th compilation in the UK and the 9th in the US. There are lots of opinions about what should and should have been included/left off (there are *25* single releases that were not included). Remember, if anyone ever releases the entire Stones catalog as a box set it will have to be packaged in a trunk that comes with a dolly to get it out of the store. Since everybody knows the songs anyway, how about if I list what is on it from when for you?

    These songs are the most popular from the Rolling Stones Records releases. Here are the original US and UK release dates of each song (US release and re-release dates were often different during this period):

    3-6-64 Not Fade Away
    7-24-64 It's All Over Now
    3-12-65 The Last Time
    6-4-65 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
    9-24-65 Get Off Of My Cloud
    2-11-66 19th Nervous Breakdown
    5-6-66 Paint It, Black
    7-1-66 Mother's Little Helper
    7-1-66 Under My Thumb (not a single, from album Aftermath)
    9-23-66 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
    1-13-67 Let's Spend The Night Together
    1-13-67 Ruby Tuesday
    12-22-67 She's A Rainbow
    5-31-68 Jumpin' Jack Flash
    8-30-68 Street Fighting Man
    12-6-68 Sympathy For The Devil (not a single, from album Beggar's Banquet)
    7-3-69 Honky Tonk Woman
    12-5-69 Gimme Shelter (not a single, from album Let It Bleed)
    12-5-69 You Can't Always Get What You Want (not a single, from album Let It Bleed)
    4-16-71, 5-7-71, & 6-29-84 Brown Sugar
    4-23-71 & 6-11-71 Wild Horses (on Sticky Fingers - not released as a single)
    4-14-72 Tumbling Dice
    5-12-72 Happy (on Exile On Main Street - not released as a single)
    8-21-73 Angie
    7-26-74 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
    4-16-78 Fool To Cry
    11-28-78 Shattered
    5-19-78 Miss You
    8-29-78 & 6-1-82 Beast Of Burden
    6-20-80 Emotional Rescue
    8-14-81 & 2-11-83 Start Me Up
    11-1-83 Undercover Of The Night
    8-17-89 Mixed Emotions
    7-5-94 Love Is Strong
    9-94 You Got Me Rocking
    97 Anybody Seen My Baby?
    10-1-02 Don't Stop (new)
    10-1-02 Stealing My Heart (new)
    10-1-02 Keys To Your Love (new)
    10-1-02 Losing My Touch (new)

    Here are the *25* single releases that are NOT on the album: Saint Of Me, Out Of Contol, Like A Rolling Stone, I Go Wild, Out Of Tears, Sex Drive, Highwire, Terrifying, Almost Hear You Sigh,, One Hit (To The Body), She Was Hot, Time Is On My Side, Going To A Go Go, If I Was A Dancer, Out Of Time, I Don't Know Why, Sad Day, Hot Stuff, Respectable, Waiting On A Friend, Harlem Shuffle, Rock And A Hard Place, Heart Of Stone, As Tears Go By, Tell Me, Dandelion

    This information comes from "It's Only Rock And Roll: The Ultimate Guide To The Rolling Stones" by Karnbach and Bernson and from my own collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Forty Licks
    The Rolling Stones Forty Licks cover's years of greatest hits from their London Years to their latest songs, including a solo piece by Richard's Losing My Touch. The entire album is worth a buy for a begginer listener who is looking to here The Rolling Stones if your an experienced fan who ownes all of the stones albums then you dont need this one unless you want the four new tracks. I think this entire albums is a great one that is without a doubt the best. For any musical fan Forty Licks represents true meaning. It includes all of their hits if you like live recordings of the stones then Stripped, Get Your Ya Ya's Out, and No Security is for you!!!!!!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Forty Licks.
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    7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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    Director Wes Anderson's jewel of a comic-character study revolves around the quirks and obsessions of Bill Murray's titular Cousteau-esque deep-sea adventurer and his motley crew of associates. As they did for the director's equally sublime Royal Tenenbaums, Anderson and music super Randall Poster stitch their eclectic source material into a warm, subtly focused new cinemusic whole. Mark Mothersbaugh's original Casio-baroque cues are the perfect complement for Australian film composer Sven Libaek's compelling slices of vintage exotica, while Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie largely provides the musical subtext, either directly or in earnest, through live acoustic renditions by Brazilian troubadour/film costar Seu Jorge. Seasoning the mix to near perfection are smart, vintage Britpop contributions by Scott Walker and the Zombies, Iggy and the Stooges thrashing "Search and Destroy," the evocative Iberian fire of Paco DeLucia, and Joan Baez's dramatic read of Morricone'sSacco & Vanzetti theme, "Here's to You." -- Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Staralfur?
    What an amazing film, soundtrack. Bowie's words move the film from scene to scene through one voice or another. Amazing, truely. As to why the beautiful Icelandic ballad, Staralfur was relieved from being the final track on this masterpiece of a compilation, is beyond my knowledge and reason.Yet, Bowie maintain the true emotion and meaning held so tightly by this film and it's creators.5 stars none the less.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I couldn't help myself
    Wes Anderson is amazing, his films are spectacular and hilarious and beautifull and akward and representing everything that is good in the world.His soundtracks never fail to amaze me in thier ability to weed out wonderfull songs compiled from what sounds like a garage full of cardboard boxes filled with an enormous collection of 60s/70s records, ranging from legendary to obscure, and random mixtapes from friends lying around in his bedroom.The result is a compilation of songs that are sometimes beautifull, sometimes fun, but always quirky and offbeat in arrangement with eachother.And as Wes fans know, quirky and offbeat is Anderson's expertice. I don't think that Sigur Ros' "Stellafurr" would have thrown off the flow of the soundtrack, because Wes' flow isn't suppose to be a steady even beat and "Stellafurr", as beautifull as it is, is fantastically out of tune within the context of the film and soundtrack.The songs always work out in his master plan, perfectly representing the rythm and mood of his films.Mark Mothersbaugh's score is as usual, strange and funny enough to make me grin a little, standing it's ground even without support from the film (although used to a hilarious effect in the overall story) and Wes, never settling for predictable, linked the whole film up in association with David Bowie's music, obviously suggesting it to be the general music of the film by always having a portuguese singer playing Bowie songs in Brazilian in the background for no apparent reason, but doesn't Seu Jorge just make the songs seem new again?He pulls a fast one on you, but you'll love his chilled-out renditions and view Bowie's music through a totally different perspective. If that doesn't prove to the world just how cool Wes is, then I don't know what will.So, in closing, "The Life Aquatic" is a brilliant energetic leap from the mellancolly (but still hilarious) "The Royal Tenenbaums"."Bottle Rocket" was Wes' fast-paced take on summer, "Rushmore" represented the moody shift of light to dark and coping with being pushed into fall, "Royal Tenenbaums", his sad and heartfelt Winter (no seriously, the seasons they take place in even), and "The Life Aquatic" is the redeeming breathe of Spring.I can't wait to see where his new film, "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" will take us next. Of course, Wes can do anything and everything and make it look good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sensible Music.
    I really enjoyed THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU.As visual-appealing and emotional-moving the film is, one of it's best things about it is the soundtrack.About half the songs on the album are David Bowie songs.Most of those are re-imaginings performed by Brazilian musician, Seu Jorge.Seu Jorge's performances have become the key selling point of this delightful album, but has so much more to offer.As much as I enjoy the Seu Jorge songs, I actually like the instrumental pieces composed by Mark Mothersbaugh better.There's something addicting to the keyboard-filled tunes.In fact, my favorite song on the entire album is the instrumental "Ping Island/Lighting Strike Rescue Op".A close second is the album's closing piece by David Bowie, "Queen Bitch."Add in a tune by Devo, some shark attack music by Sven Libaek, and a famed piece by The Zombies and it adds up to one very quirky and original soundtrack. Overall, this is a delightful soundtrack from an endearing movie that's worth the price to own.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant soundtrack for a Wes Anderson film
    I am totally enchanted by the music in Wes Anderson's films.Somehow, the chosen music is able to elicit such an emotional response.I've never been a fan of Devo, but the song fits the film so well that I've listened to it again and again.Seu Jorge makes David Bowie's somewhat harsh music soothing and soulful.Mothersbaugh's electronic tracks would not have had the same impact had I heard them without seeing the film.My only complaint is the lack of "Space Oddity" and "Ziggy Stardust" from the soundtrack.I really enjoyed Jorge's renditions of those songs in the film, and they were sadly absent from the soundtrack.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Question
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    8. The Beatles 1
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    Proving yet again their willingness to dice 'n' slice their burgeoning legacy into new--if not exactly fresh--product, the Fab Four Minus One have released this single-disc compendium of their No. 1 hits. Though obviously superfluous to longtime Fabs faithful (who may also find themselves quibbling over the precise definition of "No. 1 hit" and the exclusion of seeming contenders like "Please Please Me" and "Strawberry Fields"), newly arrived visitors from the Pleiades star cluster and other neophytes will find it a concise and generous (nearly 80 minutes) single-disc introduction to the band's career-spanning, unparalleled dominance of pop music in the 1960s. But beyond being a mere trophy case of commercial success (and it won't be hard to find critics who'll argue that these singles aren't even the band's best work), it's also a Cliff's Notes take on a remarkable seven-year run of musical evolution, one that stretches from the neo-skiffle of "Love Me Do" through a remarkable synthesis of R&B, rockabilly, Tin Pan Alley, gospel, country, and classical that still defies efforts to effectively deconstruct it. This is the pop monument equivalent of the '27 Yankees and '90s Bulls; it's every bit as obvious and dominating--and just as essential. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars What a bitter disappointment!
    As a life long Beatles fan, I can't begin to express my disappointment with this new release. I had hoped that this would be an opportunity for young people to hear how good the Beatles sounded to us older fans when these songs were originally released as singles. However, for the most part, the selections on this cd are not the original mono single versions, they are the same sloppy stereo outtakes that EMI has been foisting on us for the last 30 years. How could anyone who was not alive in 1964 listen to "I Want to Hold You Hand" on this CD and understand why this song changed so many peoples' lives? It sounds like it was recorded in someone's bathroom. As for the stereo versions of "I Feel Fine" and "Paperback Writer", they are painfully bad. This CD is just another way for EMI to make a few more bucks off of the memory of the greatest musical group ever. Fellow Beatles fans, I urge you not to be taken in. Do NOT waste you money on this worthless package. Hold out until the powers that be at EMI relent and give us either the original mono versions of these songs or newly remixed stereo versions.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Top Feeding
    This was a wonderful collection of many of the songs that I grew up with and wistfully placed on a higher plane of music than a lot of the tripe released today

    I realize it was an authorized collection of Number One hits, but this collection didn't always explore the depths and reach of the Beatles material.

    Somehwere out there the has to be a collection of the songs that actually made many differences in my life (granted, that doesn;t mean that most people would have the same personal "hit list".

    All in all, this was a wonderful collection, and I would purchase it again (It might turn out to be a great tool for informing my 17 year old daughter about the group that actually opened rock and roll to broader dimensions--without me just jabbering to her about it).

    On a scale of 1-10, I would give it an 8.5

    3-0 out of 5 stars Beatles 1
    Pretty good if you listen to tracks 1 - 14 and just start over. Songs like Come Together and the Ballad of John and Yoko shouldn't even be on a best of the Beatles album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Display of Music
    Before I got this album. I had never heard a real Beatles song. I had heard a modern hard-rock-style cover of A Hard Day's Night (which, while not comparing to the origional, was still awesome), and in my vocal class at school, I sang A Hard Day's Night (which, by the way, made me something of a singing sensation at school; people everywhere were asking me to sing for them).

    When I first got this album, I liked about sixteen songs. But as I listened to it more and more, the more it grew on me, until I liked every single song on the CD.

    This CD made me a total Beatles fan. Before I really knew the Beatles' music, I listened to country music on KNCI (which I still do admittedly). Now, I listen to the Eagle, Sacramento's classic rock. In my vocal class, instead of just singing A Hard Day's Night (which I still sing, of course), I also sing Eight Days A Week, Something-the best song of all time-, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All You Need Is Love, and She Loves You.

    The Beatles remain the greatest band of all time, and this CD is a true legacy to them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST single CD collection
    This is the best single CD Beatles collection available. It provides an excellent, high-level overview of their career and music. It contains 26 songs that hit number 1 either in the US or UK. The one exception being George Harrison's "Something", which peaked at number 3, though the liner notes give it credit for hitting number 1 because it was the B-side of a number 1 single ("Come Together"). But I can forgive that fudging, since I'm sure it was done to ensure that a Harrison song was included on the collection. All-in-all, a classic collection and a great introduction to the Beatles for new fans. I just wish they would release a Beatles 2 CD similar to the Elvis 2nd to None CD. They certainly have plenty of material to pick from!

    Btw, an interesting bit of trivia: The British Beatles hold the record for the most number 1 singles in the US, followed by the American Elvis. While Elvis holds the record for most number 1 singles in Britian followed by the Beatles. ... Read more

    9. Rubber Soul [UK]
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    Rank 'em how you like, Rubber Soul is an undeniable pivot point in the Fab Four's varied discography no matter where, or how, you first heard it. The album was softened up in its original12-song American edition to jibe with the Dylan/Byrds folk-rock sound, as well as squeeze money from the Parlophone catalog. The 14-song U.K. edition--the version now available on compact disc--is a different, more dynamic, and ultimately more accomplished achievement. So many classics: "Drive My Car" and "Nowhere Man" (both omitted from the U.S. edition) merge the early combustible Beatifics to a burgeoning studio consciousness; "The Word" can be read as a pre-psych warning shot; the sitar-laden "Norwegian Wood" and the evocative "Girl" (the latter written on the last night of the sessions) stand as turning points in John Lennon's oeuvre. George finally emerges too, with the McGuinn-ish "If I Needed Someone." --Don Harrison ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Under-rated Classic
    When you think of classic Beatles albums, you often think Abbey Road, Sgt Pepper, Revolver or The White Album. But Rubber Soul deserves it's place right up there with those albums. It is often overlooked or forgotten, but is a necessary step between early Beatles recordings ("yeah, yeah, yeah") and the later-day masterpieces ("Getting Better","Revolution", "Come Together", "Let It Be").
    Rubber Soul opens with the peppy "Drive My Car", a John & Paul harmony that is often forgotten among the great Beatles tunes. This one blends their voices so perfectly, it's easy to see why these two worked so well together. John's "Norwegian Wood" is next, a Dylan-esque folk tune about a whimsical one-night stand (Original lyrics were "Knowing she would", but were changed to the less offending "Nowegian Wood"). George plays an absolutely gorgeous sitar on this song- definitely overlooked. Paul's "You Won't See Me" is next, occasional 3-part harmony (with John & George), but admittedly one of their lighter works. John's "Nowhere Man" was written about his father, a forebearing to some of his most introspective and revealing songs that he'd write for his 1st solo album in 1970. One of the Beatles all-time greats and again, great 3-part harmony. How could you NOT love this song?
    "Think For Yourself" may be George Harrison's greatest song next to "Something". The guitar work is 1st rate of course, but the singing and lyrics are also top-notch. Giving John & Paul a run for their songwriting money!!! "The Word" is one of those '60's era songs that must have seemed like a good idea at the time but hasn't really stood the test of time. Still, a lesser Beatles song is still miles ahead of most other songs. "Michelle" is a Paul McCartney masterpiece that everybody knows, even if you're not a fan. "What Goes On" gives Ringo Starr a chance in front of the microphone and he does well in this country-western style song, with backup from John & Paul. "I'm Looking Through You" is one of those songs that catches your attention the very first time you hear it and you love it forever. It's Paul's song, with John singing backup and Ringo playing the organ!
    "Girl" & "In My Life" are absolutely beautiful John Lennon masterpieces that make your heart ache in light of what ultimately happened to John. Especially "In My Life", which finds John in a retrospective mood and singing about all the things he'll remember all his life. Absolutely wonderful song and worth the price of this CD alone! "If I Needed Someone" is another top-notch George Harrison composition and probably ranks third of all his songs, behind the aforementioned "Something" (from the album Revolver) and "Think For Yourself".
    The closing song "Run For Your Life" is a throw-away tune that John wrote in about 5 minutes, one that he admitted that he never really liked, but the 3-part harmony is wonderful and the song structure is first class. The lyrics may be a tad below the Lennon-McCartney standard that we're used to, but still a fine tune nonetheless. The one song that I'd say doesn't belong, and in fact was actually written in the summer of '65 for the "Help" film, is "Wait", a sophmoric effort that probably was better left on the cutting room floor. Still, only one song that is somewhat poor out of an album of 14 songs is incredible!
    I'd highly recommend this disc, especially if you're only familiar with the Beatles "hits" and are looking for something a little different. The craftmanship of these songs has stood up over 38 years and remains as remarkable today as ever. From 2 and 3 part harmony to excellent guitar work and songwriting, this is a forgotten classic that you will be delighted to discover (or re-discover!!!). Buy this CD, you'll love it!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not worthy!!
    This album was the transition of the Beatles from mop-top teeny-boppers to maturing artists. The lyrics developed and so dids their style. Let's take it song by song. 1-Drive my car-a fun song with Chuck berry-esque guitars. 2-Norwegian wood-a song about a love affair. nice use of the sitar from George. 3-You won't see me-a piano based song with a catchy melody. 4-Nowhere man-the more adult lyrics are apparent on this track. 5-Think for yourself-a song from George with Paul on "fuzz" bass. 6-The word-awesome harmonium solo! 7-Michelle-my favorite song from the album. It reminds me of a guy standig outside his girlfriends window, serenading her. 8-What goes on-a nice country styled song from Ringo. 9-Girl-interesting vocals, weird breathy noises. 10-Looking thru you-a cool organ sound and over all nice track. 11-In my life-a beautiful song with a beautiful piano solo. 12-Wait-a minor song about a guy coming home to see his girl. 13-If i needed someone-this song could have been recorded by the Byrds. great guitar sound. 14-Run for your life-song about determined to keep his girl. sounds like they used slide guitar techniques. That's all, folks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone says,the 5th greatest album ever!!!
    And you know they can't be wrong... the truth will not and can not be denied!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Rubber Soul
    "...a starting point for music..", " flawless package..." What Goes On? Run For Your Life? If you like a few tracks then fine, but get real people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Songcraft at its finest
    This is an elegant collection of songs that was a starting point for music. Here excellent music composition was combined with thought provoking lyricism and affective production. The guitars, pianos and bass play complementary melodies to the tunes, resulting in one flawless package that simply doesn't date.
    Along with Pet Sounds and Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) here is a the new intellectualism of Bob Dylan combined with a production that emotionally frames it's lyrical content. Every track is a winner, although 'Run for your life' is somewhat lightweight. 'Norwegian Wood', 'In my Life', 'Nowhere man' and 'Girl' are probably the finest examples of songcraft here. Anyone interested in music must have this album. ... Read more

    10. Revolver [UK]
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    Revolver wouldn't remain the Beatles' most ambitious LP for long, but many fans--including this one--remember it as their best. An object lesson in fitting great songwriting into experimental production and genre play, this is also a record whose influence extends far beyond mere they-was-the-greatest cheerleading. Putting McCartney's more traditionally melodic "Here, There and Everywhere" and "For No One" alongside Lennon's direct-hit sneering ("Dr. Robert") and dreamscapes ("I'm Only Sleeping," "Tomorrow Never Knows") and Harrison's peaking wit ("Taxman") was as conceptually brilliant as anything Sgt. Pepper attempted, and more subtly fulfilling. A must. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Close to perfect
    Of all the Beatles' albums, Revolver has probably aged best. 'Yellow Submarine' is a dud, pure and simple, but this set makes up the band's greatest achievement. Capitol's exploitative policy of subtracting a few tracks from one Beatles album to whack onto the next was never more despicable.

    'Taxman' kicks off the set admirably, although Harrison's lament jars a bit - I mean, why is he complaining about paying his fair share of tax, anyway? Is this the same bloke who wrote 'Living in the Material World'? Still, this track, along with his other contributions (4 & 10), demonstrate how far Harrison had come as a songwriter.

    Lennon and McCartney were at their top here. Macca's ballads (2,5 ,10), helped along by some fine Martin arrangements, are probably the best he ever wrote, stopping this side of schmalzy, while Lennon's major contributions (3, 7, 14) are quite brilliant. (Although it's probably the soundscape of 'Tomorrow Never Knows', mainly courtesy of spooky tape loops and a huge drum sound, that makes it such a standout.)

    'And Your Bird Can Sing' and 'Doctor Robert' are often described as weak tracks, but I can't find too much wrong with them. If nothing else, the former boasts fine harmonised lead guitar parts.

    The sounds which the Fabs, producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick were able to coax from ageing studio hardware are remarkable. Macca's close-miked bass is right up there in the mix, clear as a bell, Ringo's drums sound terrific even today, and there are interesting guitar sounds everywhere. As well, Revolver extended the experiment with backwards parts which had begun on 'Rain', and is used to great effect here. The musicianship, particularly McCartney's bass playing, is great throughout. Honourable mention to R. Starkey for 'She Said She Said'.

    Bookended by two magnificent double-A side 45s ('Rain'/'Paperback Writer'; 'Strawberry Fields Forever'/'Penny Lane'), this album is demonstrably the Beatles' creative peak, and you can see why Brian Wilson was inspired to go one better with Pet Sounds. Essential.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Majestic and Groundbreaking
    When I first bought REVOLVER, on vinyl in the 70's, I was astonished. A Beatles album with more songs by George Harrison than John Lennon??? I didn't realize then I was getting a truncated American version of what the band had assembled in England. Three of John's songs -- "I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Dr Robert" -- were plucked from the album and put on a collection called YESTERDAY AND TODAY -- that's the album with the notorious butcher cover. The release of the Bealtes' library on CD finally gave us North American Beatlemaniacs the "real" REVOLVER -- and what a magnificent, groundbreaking achievement it was! George's music matured here, with "Taxman" being one of his best and "Love You Too" representing his first (and best) excursion into full Indian instrumentation (although he'd played sitar on John's "Norwegian Wood" on RUBBER SOUL). Paul McCartney offers some of his best-ever compositions on this album. "For No One" and "Here There and Everywhere" were exquisite -- and "Eleanor Rigby" remains a classic of its kind. The soul-tinged "Got To Get You Into My Life" was also first rate. But as usual, the best, and most groundbreaking, offerings were from John. "And Your Bird", "Dr Robert" and "She Said She Said" are further livened up by some great Harrison guitar work -- he shines throughout the album. And Lennon's closing track -- the mind-bending "Tomorrow Never Knows" -- is the summit to which the entire CD ascends. A great way to finish this album (and to hint at what would come next year -- SGT PEPPER). Maybe the best pop/rock album of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars VH1 says Revolver is the greatest album ever...Really
    Oh,its true,thousands of music luminaries voted revolver the greatest album of all time,while it came in at number 3 of all time on the rolling stone poll. The results are cast in stone,Revolver is one of the all time greats,and all polls say that thats the truth!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Really?
    "really tuneful...really whacky...really psychedelic...really social...really unusual..." yeah.

    There are only a few songs on this album that reflect the greatness achieved by the Beatles pre-1965, which is sad. Nowhere near albums like Help or A Hard Day's Night.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great album!
    I loved this album from beginning to end. It's full of great music written by the greatest band of all time. Songs like "And your bird can sing" and "For No One" reminded me why I love this band so much. ... Read more

    11. Cameo Parkway 1957-1967
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    12. Get Born
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Rock has returned!

    Are You Gonna be my Girl? (sounds similar to Iggy Pop's Lust for Life)
    Rollover DJ
    Cold Hard Bitch
    Get Me Out of Here
    Get What You Need (sound familar to any Rolling Stones' fans?)

    Jet, part of the old-school rock revival (along with the Vines, the Darkness and others), has crafted an excellent album in Get Born. It has good guitar riffs, an excellent mixing job, and a good balance between hard rocking songs and soft, gentle ballads. Get Born draws influences from many sources, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, and Iggy Pop. The end result is an album that is both a refreshing break from the nu-metal/pop-punk heavy rock scene of today and a tribute of sorts to the rock bands of the '60s and '70s. I would highly recommend, if you are a fan of old school rock or just rock music in general, that you should pick up a copy of Get Born.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jet Is Here!!
    Perhaps it is unfair to simply label Jet as a garage rock band. After all, this album holds a lot more variety than say, The White Stripes' Elephant does, or either of the The Strokes' albums. But unlike the Stripes, who manage to make great blues based rock and roll despite having a trained monkey on drums, Jet just sounds like 15 bad cover bands rolled all into one gigantic crappy supergroup.

    Are You Gonna Be My Girl is the song that is currently garnering radio airplay, not to mention all sorts of critical acclaim. Call me crazy, but I liked this song better when it was called Lust For Life and Iggy Pop was singing it. Is this what is passing as "quality rock" right now? There's nothing better out there than this? Or are people just that eager to eat whatever radio craps out as "the next big thing?" Cause I'll tell you, Are You Gonna Be My Girl is only the beginning of the suckage and unoriginality to be found on this disc.

    The only thing that is bearable on this entire album is Rollover D.J., which while as derivative as the rest of the album, at least has a big fun chorus attached to it, and some nice jangly guitar rhythms. Alas, other than this, its all downhill.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jet-Get Born
    I've read a lot of reviews that say the songs are just like old songs from old bands. And well, they are, but aparently those old songs were popular and this just proves they still are. It's a formula and Jet is just following it, and it works. What is bad is when artists try to remake a song that was popular and now it sounds bad, don't mess with the classics. I like the fast songs best,and the slow songs aren't bad. I don't listen to them because someone told me they were cool. I listen because I like it, and that's it. I had to colorize the cover art on mine though. The black and whiteness just begged to be filled in. Don't bash people cause they like a certain type of music and you don't. Anybody can listen to whatever they want.

    2-0 out of 5 stars If this is creative then the world is becoming a sad place-
    I will give the jets a compliment- There music is pretty catchy and the instrumentals are very decent, if not well put together. The vocals are not all that good, they can sing better than me- not that that is saying much. I would have rated the band 3 stars, if they had better lyrics that were more original, creative and deep. I mean- Are you gonna be my girl and Rollover D.J, come on guys don't you have anything better to sing about? Well the one thing that I despise of is that when you listen to The Jets for a long time it starts to disgust you how sexist they are! Some of the comments they make really makes me lose respect for them."Well it's a 123 take my hand and come with me.Is it cause you look so fine that i really wanna make you mine?I said you look so fine that I really want to make you mine." That just sounds really offensive, is he talking about a prostitute? Very disrespectful to women in my opinion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Unfair Jet bashing
    Unfortunately Jet have become the new band to bash in certain circles for no good reason other than the fact that they are successful. It's gotten to the point where I've been asked if I was a Jet fan and my integrity as a music fan was at stake based on my answer. It's alright to not like a band but the endless bagging of Jet i've witness is ridiculous.

    All I've got to say is don't dismiss this band because people with a holier than thou attitude say they are fake. There's some good stuff on this album. ... Read more

    13. Dark Side of the Moon 30th Anniversary Edition
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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 Dark Side the way it was meant to be heard
    Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon was released in March of 1973. The album became the group's first number one album in America and has stayed on the charts for nearly an accumulated 1,300 plus weeks(741 weeks from 1973-88 and many more now from 1991-today where it still remains). Plus, The Dark Side of the Moon is the third largest selling album worldwide with some 34 million copies sold(including 15 million here in the US). Sales have gone up thanks to the release of this Hybrid SACD version. This new version is painstakingly remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound from the original 16 track master tapes by longtime Floyd producer/engineer James Guthrie. The previous album issues were from second or third generation masters but this new version buries all other editions, especially the Quad(1970s version of 5.1 that didn't get of fthe ground) mix that Dark Side engineer Alan Parsons did. When this reissue came out, it went straight to #1 on the Billboard Pop Catalog chart. There is a good reason why this album has held up for the last 31 years and it's because the songs deal with problems that one goes through in life and the production was many years ahead of its time. This was the first album that ever touched me in the heart, I used to go to sleep listening to Dark Side when I was a baby because lullabies wouldn't work half the time so when all else failed, my mother would put Dark Side on the turntable and it did the trick. Consequently, I became a die-hard Floyd fanatic, which I still am today. DSotM started out life as a piece called Eclipse and eventually became DSotM. Guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour's vocals and guitar solos dominate throughout the album as does keyboardist Rick Wright's keyboard work and harmony vocals. This album has survived the test of time like no other album ever made before or since. As everyone knows, the album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London between June of 1972 and January of 1973 with the band producing and Alan Parsons(whom would go on to be a succesful producer in his own right) engineering the album with Chris Thomas (whom had worked with The Beatles and became a producer in his own right) handling the mixing. All of the songs dealt with different topics that one experiences in life like Time (with clock noises(superbly sounding better with the 5.1 mix) and about racing against or managing time) and Us and Them (a song about the perils of war and is still relevant today. Note: the music of this song was originally intended for the 1970 film Zabriske Point during the riot scenes and was called The Violent Sequence but director Antonioni rejected it in favor of another Careful With That Axe Eugene entitled Come In Number 51 but was luckily resurrected for DSotM's best track. The Quad mix has the echoes of the words swirling around the room, it makes you feel like you are seeing Floyd live). Instrumentals like Speak to Me(featuring voices that are dominant throughout the album and with a heartbeat that was done on drummer Nick Mason's bass drum which opens and closes the disc) and On the Run which was originally a guitar jam entitled The Travel Sequence changed into this eight note Synthi-A VCS3 synthesizer pattern complete with tape effects and guitar noises. Note: there are extra guitar noises not on the original stereo mix and on the 5.1 mix is superb). The Great Gig in the Sky was originally called The Religious Sequence before it changed into this instrumental about death and dying and featured the excellent vocal phrasings of Clare Torry. Any Colour You Like(which was originally called Scat during the preliminary stages of the album) is excellent as well. The other tracks on DSotM are classics. Breathe(which was originally written during the recording of Roger Waters' first solo project The Body with different lyrics and music save the Breathe in the Air refrain), Money(which eventually became Pink Floyd's first American Top 20 hit and one of the few singles released with a 7/4 time signature and was about the pleasures and negatives that money brought) and the closing one-two punch of Brain Damage(a song referencing to original Floyd leader Syd Barrett and absent friends. There are extra bells during the ending synth solo on the 5.1 mix) and Eclipse(which sums up the album) wrap up this classic of an album. This album is a must in anyone's record collection and the remastering on this SACD buries the 1992 and 1995 reissues by a longshot!

    5-0 out of 5 stars You WILL notice the difference
    I own two copies of this CD already (this is something like the fifth time the album is being released on CD if you count the "Shine On" boxed set) and was skeptical that the sound quality would be markedly improved over the most recent remaster from 1994. Happily, the investment was well worth it as the SACD remastering process has given this classic Floyd masterpiece a marvelous upgrade. The sound effects really jump out at you, especially if experienced with the benefit of a surround sound system. This is without question the greatest Pink Floyd album and one of the best rock and roll albums of all time. The liner notes are a treat as they provide a collection of "Dark Side" pictoral artifacts over they years including rare album covers and band photos. My only complaint, albeit a minor one is the cover, which has again been tampered with and updated in this most recent reissue. The original stark black album jacket with the light striking the prism was designed by Hipgnosis and remains one of the most classic pieces of cover artwork.

    5-0 out of 5 stars frustrated
    i find it disgusting and pathetic that any human being can give a negative review about this album or any album that this band has put out. i am absolutely speechless that people can write bad reviews about something they know nothing about. they are one of if not the most influencial bands in history. when this album was released in 1973 nothing even compared to its magnificence and beauty, in my opinion nothing compares to it even today. i being 16 years old am in complete awe when i listen to this album. anyone who appreciates rock music should be ashamed of themselves if they havent heard this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my apology
    this is great music. truly a masterpiece put out by a brilliant band. there was once great music like that i'm 15 today's music sucks up the bung hole...take advantage of this one in a lifetime masterpiece and grab it before it's too late. this is really good music. i apologize for the crap that my generation is putting onto radio stations these progressive rock bands like these and buy this album

    5-0 out of 5 stars Are You Kidding Me?
    I cannot belive some people. Im not going to say anything along the lines of "This music sucks, my music is better" even though some before me have done just that. All I am going to say is that this CD/Band offers pure happiness for me. Whenever I hit play, and Pink Floyd comes out...all I can do is listen, everything else stops. Some people say they cant catch the riffs on Pink Floyd's work, but I guess everyone is different. I am a younger listener, and believe that the music of today is complete crap. Crap, crap, crap. Every now and then something good rolls along, but it seems to me that the effort being put into music these days just isnt what it used to be. Every single musiccal note of P.Floyd and the bands of their age is crisp, clear and sharp. A+ ... Read more

    14. Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
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    Experience Hendrix brings together the major singles with a stack of majestic album tracks and the career-defining live Woodstock version of "The Star Spangled Banner" on a fat 20-tracker. While best used as a sampler to direct new listeners to the immortal Are You Experienced, Electric Ladyland, and so on, the CD (which supplants the short-lived Ultimate Experience collection) does hang together as a listen. Its blend of Hendrix the rocker and Hendrix the underrated soul man is suggestive, painting a picture of a multifaceted genius and transcending its plainly mercenary origins. In the end, its effect--like that of all Hendrix's best records--is to remind us of a Jimi very, very much alive. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Experience Hendrix in all his glory....
    My good friend Aaron first got me started on Jimi with this album, and I quickly borrowed it from him, wanting my own copy. Now, while this package is missing a few essentials, it is not at all bad (I think it's impossible for one to include everything necessary in a greatest hits set, boxsets included).

    Now, of course you have Purple Haze, Fire, and Foxey Lady, and then you have a trip; If 6 Was 9. My personal favorite track would have to be Voodoo Child (Slight Return), but no doubt you have your own favorite.

    Some of the (not-so popular?) songs such as Little Wing, Castles Made Of Sand, and Bold As Love are all awesome, and you even have a little treat with Star Spangled Banner, which also is featured on Live @ Woodstock, but it is still awesome, and remains a classic to this day.

    I'd have to say that if you are just getting into Hendrix, you should get this, or Are You Experienced?, or, if you don't have enough cash for those, Smash Hits contains enough classics to suffice, but you should go with this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction to Jimi.
    I'm not really crazy about compiliations. Although some are definitely better than most--Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1963-1971, The Who Ultimate Collection, and Beatles 1 are all pretty good--there's always something missing if you don't purchase the original albums.

    And Experience Hendrix is no exception. Where are classics like Burning Of The Midnight Lamp, Like A Rolling Stone, Voodoo Chile, and Machine Gun? Hendrix's short career has a lot of hidden gems that won't be featured in a comprehensive overlook.

    However, for a compilation intended to introduce fans to the guitar mastery of Hendrix you can't go wrong. All of the selected material is strong, and I like how they put material from First Rays Of The New Rising Sun on here. The rest of it are mostly popular radio tunes, which does not make them inferior in the least. This is Jimi we're talking about. Few guitarists could approach him in any era.

    This will get your foot in the door. Once you become a fan, you will want to seek out Electric Ladyland and Are You Experienced? to supplant this album. You might also want to check out Jimi's live recordings as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars True Rock.
    This album definitly has a lot of great material, and will appeal to any Jimi Hendrix fan and most other people as well. Although some may argue about which song should or should not have been placed on this disk, it doesn't really matter, because almost everything Jimi played was good anyway. Please disregard "seawasp" if you are considering buying this album. He either has extremely poor taste in music or has never listened to the CD and just writes reviews for fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Starting point
    Jimi is THE MAN. I bought it 3 years ago and my life was never the same again. also buy LENNY KRAVITZ GREATEST HITS

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great compilation!
    This CD basically singlehandedly changed my views on what great music truly is. It was the first "album" of Jimi's I bought and have since gotten 30+ more. He is my favorite artist of all time.

    I already wrote a review for the CD, giving it only three stars, but I decided to give it a solid five. The reason being a greatest hits compilation of any artist could never, ever be perfect. You take what you can get. And this CD just so happens to feature most of Jimi's best songs. Some might disgrace Jimi by calling the tunes on this album "nothing but Jimi's pop songs." Some might even call you a fool for starting here (just check out a few of these reviews), but it's how I got my foot in the door. I don't regret purchasing it at all.

    Glaring omissions? You betcha. Machine Gun. Like A Rolling Stone. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp. Are You Experienced. Third Stone From The Sun. Hear My Train A Comin'. My Friend. The list is endless. But, as I said, greatest hits albums are never perfect, especially in Jimi's case.

    Start here. Go further. Get experienced. ... Read more

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    The latest compilation of 30 tracks (all mixed and mastered from the original master tapes for optimum sound quality)will include five additional Presley #1 singles, fanfavorites, career milestones and a newly discoveredrecording 'I Am Roustabout'! Oakenfold's remix of'Rubberneckin' is sure to be well received among today'sgeneration of music fans and further demonstrates thelegacy of Presley's music. BMG. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars More Elvis Hits and History
    Capitalizing on the international success of "Elvis 30 #1 Hits," RCA has released a follow-up disc that compiles the Top 10 singles and hidden gems from Presley's prolific catalog. In many ways, "Elvis: 2nd to None" is a marked improvement over the previous CD -- it covers more musical ground and displays a wider range of Presley's vocal talents. Along with the 1950s hits, you get some of Elvis' best tracks from the 1960s: "A Mess of Blues," "I Feel So Bad," "Little Sister," "Viva Las Vegas," "If I Can Dream" and "Kentucky Rain." The underrated 1970s are represented by classic recordings such as "American Trilogy," "Promised Land" and "Moody Blue." In the final analysis, "2nd to None" proves that Presley's chart-toppers did not necessarily represent his finest work and, as a result, many superior tracks were lost in the shuffle. A case in point is "I'm a Roustabout," the recently discovered song intended for The King's 1964 film. Too bad "stick it in his ear" was considered an objectionable lyric by producer Hal Wallis, because "I'm a Roustabout" would have been the smash hit Elvis needed during the advent of Beatlemania. It's a classic rocker that Presley performs with gusto -- far better than most of his movie tunes during the mid-1960s. Once again, RCA has succeeded in revitalizing Elvis Presley's music for future generations, with a few revelatory surprises along the way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A proper, if not perfect follow-up to ELV1S 30 #1 Hits
    For those of you who have "discovered" Elvis through the purchase of 30 #1 Hits(E1) and would like a GREAT sounding collection of lesser known hits, this album is what you are looking for. For current fans who want to hear these classics in superb sound, this album is must-have.
    Some of my favorite songs are here, in fact I feel this has more favorites of mine than E1. That's All Right, Blue Suede Shoes, Love Me, I Wan't You,I Need You,I Love You; I Got Stung, I Need Your Love Tonight, Little Sister, Viva Las Vegas, If I Can Dream, Don't Cry Daddy, Always On My Mind(recorded 10 years BEFORE Willie Nelson's version), Promised Land, Moody Blue and Rubberneckin' are awesome, and the others are very listenable. Although I own all of these songs on countless other albums, I very rarely hit the fast foward button.
    Would I have enjoyed hearing Baby,Let's Play House, Mystery Train, I Beg Of You, (You're So Square)Baby I Don't Care, I Gotta Know, Such A Night, I Just Can't Help Believin' and My Way on this album? Of course, so hopefully there will be an E3. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The return of the "King".
    This 2nd excellent collection of "Elvis" includes most of what was missing from the first one. The cream of the crop here is "That's All Right", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Love Me", "Little Sister", and the newly found "I'm A Roustabout". I also really like the mix of "Rubberneckin'". This may not be as essential as the "# 1's" collection, but it's a great companion (as was intended). Here's hoping that the next disc in this trilogy includes "Fame And Fortune", "Young And Beautiful", and "Mystery Train". "Elvis" will never leave my building.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ONE FOR THE MONEY, TWO FOR THE SHOW...
    First off, I'd like to say I much prefer the Canadian cover to this second compilation of Elvis recordings. Secondly, though the first was great, this one gives us a little more variety and does a fantastic job of it too--congrats to Vic Anesini for correcting the sound on "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" and to Peter Guralnick (?) for adding the periodic "1st to"s in bigger type! "Roustabout" and "Rubbernickin'" as well as the latter's remix are a great adddition. Now, when do we get "Three to get ready and go, go, go..."? Maybe a compilation of only remixes?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Elvis Was All About the Music
    The remastering on this disc (as well as ELV1S #1's) is just unbelievable. Elvis' career was a celebration of music. You couldn't contain him in a specific genre. Just have a listen to the diversity on this disc. It's all about the music! Elvis was all about the music. It's as simple as that. Don't try to analyze and disect, just listen and enjoy. I bet you'll soon reach for the volume switch. It's just so good, you gotta play it loud. And if you haven't picked it up yet...go get ELV1S #1's and throw yourself a party. ... Read more

    16. Magical Mystery Tour
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    The album feels even more like a collection of singles (instead of an actual movie soundtrack) than Help! or A Hard Day's Night, but maybe that's because every song sounds like it could have been a hit single--with the natural exception of the goofy/weird instrumental "Flying." Even George's "Blue Jay Way" paints a vivid sound-portrait in fascinating detail. (I consider Joni Mitchell's "Car on the Hill" from Court and Spark to be a companion piece about sitting in the Hollywood Hills, waiting for somebody to show up.)And although the goofy TV movie may have been mostly Paul's baby, this album features the two 45 rpm masterpieces that sum up the quintessential best of Lennon and McCartney at this stage of their development: Paul's "Penny Lane" and John's "I Am the Walrus." --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy The Tour Through Strawberry Fields And Penny Lane
    At first impression, this Beatle recording is devoid of many rock n roll elements. Where are the guitars? And oh so many brass and string arrangments.

    However, what stands out the most are the melodies. Most of them are extremely catchy. This certainly overrides the lack of a good guitar/bass presence. Really its just a minor beef when you are dealing with Lennon and McCartney.

    Anyway, Strawberry Fields Forever is one of John's most reverred songs at least to my ears. The delightful arrangement and keyboard tones just take me to a delightful other world.

    And Penny Lane is such a cheery bouncy tune that it warms your soul with its presence. Paul's vocal accents are oh so charming.

    Outside of those two standout tunes, the lighweight Your Mother Should Know has a pleasing sing a long appeal and steady drumming. I Am The Walrus is another one of Lennon's trippy gems. And simple was never so effective in the album closer, All You Need Is Love.

    A few little drawbacks. Flying is a nothing special instrumental interlude. Blue Jay Way gets pretty tiresome fast. And The Magical Mystery Tour sure could have been stretched out a little more both lyrically and with the piano jam at the end. However, there are plenty of good tunes on here for a four star rating.

    4-0 out of 5 stars First tracks for Sgt. Peppers are on Magical Mystery Tour
    More a collection of singles than any other album the Beatles recorded, Magical Mystery Tour has some wonderful songs. Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane were the first two songs recorded for the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album, but didn't fit as the concept album developed. Those songs were the impetus that began this adventure. Much more a Paul influenced album (as was Sgt Pepper's) there are a few non memorable, but great Paul songs ie Hello, Goodbye and Your Mother Should Know. John wrote only 3 of the songs, but All You Need Is Love was a defining anthem for a period of time where the worlds culture was strongly influenced by the Beatles. (All You Need Is Love was chosen by Britain to represent their nation in the first world wide transmission of television. That's pretty damn historic stuff!) The surreal sound and imagery of Strawberry Fields is one of the best experimental tracks ever recorded by the Beatles. Baby You're A Rich Man, like A Day In The Life on Sgt. Pepper is a song where Paul and John collaberated together in writing. As in the latter, each wrote their part of the song and blended them together. The collaberation was something they had not done often the last year and a half, and would not take advantage of again until Abbey Road. This may be one of the fab four weakest albums, (only Let It Be could be considered a cousin) but it was and is a Beatles album and they never produced anything bad. Appreciation for the Beatles will live forever because of their unique dynamic, incredible talent and their passion for writing and recording. They were the hardest working band in rock and roll and should enjoy the pinnacle of fame and success they worked so hard to earn.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another great poll topper!!!
    Recently,a poll was taken as to which songs were the greatest ever,with many songs from Tour making the list... sniveling malcontents can cry over that fact,but the truth is the truth,oh,its true!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Magical Mystery Mediocrity
    "Mind altering music"....yeah sure, believe what you want. And exactly what is the "phycadelia" regarding I Am the Walrus? One of the worst albums of 1967. Easily.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mind-altering album
    If anyone has anything bad to say about this album, then their tongue with which they taste music would be missing taste buds. This 11-track album is a mind-altering experience, starting out with the all-around fun Magical Mystery Tour and the beautiful Fool on the Hill, and ending with a flourish, the inspiring All you Need is Love. In between there is the nonsense phycadelia song, I am the Walrus, and many others. If I had to pick the weakest song, iit would have to be from another album from another band, as this one is a masterpiece. If you liked Sgt Pepper, then you'll eat this one up. Of course, there could be no better endorsement than from John Lennon, who said it was the best Beatles album. It truly is a magical mystery. ... Read more

    17. The Who: The Ultimate Collection
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    The Who's mighty catalog of beautiful, poignant, and often silly pop songs bashed out with Cassius Clay finesse has suffered in the past at the hands of multiple, butcher-shop best-ofs and horrible packaging. But this thrilling band--undeniably one of ye classicke rocke's greatest--gets the career-spanning entry-point compilation it deserves with the double-disc Ultimate Collection. The songs included here are no-brainers, for the most part--if they aren't huge hits like "My Generation," "I Can See for Miles," or "Baba O'Riley," they're long-standing fan favorites such as "Boris the Spider," "Pure and Easy," and "Squeeze Box." And while this reviewer wishes different songs were chosen from Tommy, and more than one tune was gathered from their arguably finest (and definitely silliest) album, The Who Sell Out, this record really isn't for fans (aside from the total trainspotter types) but for newcomers.--Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good overview to The Who
    The Who's The Ultimate Collection is a great overview to The Who's history which came out in June of 2002. This set showed us what great musicians guitarist Pete townshend, drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle were and how great vocalist Roger Daltrey got over the years. This was the first collection where they remastered the original mixes of The Who's tracks for a compilation. The obvious classics are here like I Can't Explain, My Generation, Substitute, Boris the Spider, Happy Jack, I Can See For Miles, Magic Bus, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again, Who Are You and You Better You Bet among others. The 1996 My Generation Best Of were remixes and left some important tracks off like I'm Free, Summertime Blues, Behind Blue Eyes, My Wife, Love Reign O'er Me, Sister Disco and Eminence Front. I first had the US edition then sold it once I picked up the Britiish edition which had a different cover and five bonus tracks of Had Enough, Don't Let Go the Coat, The Quiet One(one of the late John Entwistle's post-My Wife tracks) and the rock radio staples Another Tricky Day and Athena(a hit for The Who in 1982). This disc went Gold upon release in June of 2002 and went Top 40 and is the best start point to get into The Who.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Ten Reasons To Buy "The Who: The Ultimate Collection"
    10. It's more concise than the 4-CD boxed set.
    9. The inferior 2-CD "Hooligans" compilation is out of print.
    8. It has informative liner notes, listing the date each song was recorded.
    7. The booklet includes pictures of all the Who album covers, and has some great photos of the band in action.
    6. The remastered songs sound great, even on a moderately priced stereo system.
    5. The song selection is superb, without a single weak track.
    4. The recently deceased John Entwistle plays the greatest bass guitar licks of all time on "My Generation." This has never sounded clearer than the version on this compilation.
    3. Roger Daltrey's vocals and Pete Townshend's songwriting are perfectly showcased on this great collection.
    2. The first CD clocks in around 67 minutes. The second CD clocks in at nearly 69 minutes. Add in the bonus disc, and you have nearly two and a half hours of great Who music!
    1. The bonus disc of 4 songs feature noticeably different versions of well known Who songs. Particularly outstanding is the acoustic version of "Happy Jack." Because it's a limited edition, you shouldn't wait too long to buy the aptly named Ultimate Collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
    this is as good as music can get.this compilation represents the best value for money as almost all their hits like i can see for miles,pinball wizard,5.15,wont get fooled again, happy jack are featured .it would be difficult to get a better compilation of this great band at this price so please go and get it and enjoy the music.very very recommended along with live at leeds from this band.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Who
    This is aimed at two types of people who may be looking at this album: people who have heard nothing of The Who and want to see what all the fuss is about, and people who have tried some of The Who and enjoyed what they heard.
    For the first type of person:
    The Who are known for having an unusual amount of 'best of' albums. Personally, I reccomend this one. It's a great introduction to a great band. All the members are considered some of the greatest musicians in their respective fields, particularly Entwistle (bass) and Moon (drums). All hits (and a few misses from the post-Moon era) are accounted for. Some fan favorites are missing, but this is not a fan-album. It's a good overview of the Who's eclectic catalogue. I also like that it is chronological, it's interesting to hear the sound progress.

    For the second type of person (the one i'm more interested in) who likes what they know of the 'orrible 'oo so far, please don't buy this album. It's a waste of your money.
    The Who have five masterpieces: "Tommy", "Quadrophenia", "The Who Sell Out", "Live at Leed's" and "Who's Next".
    The first three are all concept albums. They have a story (or in the case of Sell Out a theme) that is lost when only the hits are plucked out. It's impossible to understand the cathartic power and energy of "See me, Feel Me" and "Love Reign O'er Me" without listening to the albums as a whole. They are the final moments of two stories (Tommy and Quadrophenia, respectively). On these albums Townshend was able to combine art and rock without sacrificing any of the music's raw power. After you have listened to these albums you'll understand, it's impossible to pick a favorite song from them because all the songs belong together, as one entity. They stand on their own, to be sure, but are not as impressive. Only one song from Sell Out was included here and none from Leed's, the definitive live Rock album. I would reccomend starting with "Tommy" or Who's Next", their most commercialy succesful and influential albums. Honestly it doesn't matter which of the five you start with, because you'll want to own them all. After "Tommy" The Who became an 'album' band rather than a 'singles' band, and a collection of singles really doesn't do them justice, especially in the case of the aforementioned concept albums.

    I don't write a lot of reviews, but only one more was needed to kick Infadel off the page...
    Don't diss my boys unless you're willing to back it up with a valid opinion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Who overview
    The Who's The Ultimate Collection is a great overview to The Who's history which came out in June of 2002. This set showed us what great musicians guitarist Pete townshend, drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle were and how great vocalist Roger Daltrey got over the years. This was the first collection where they remastered the original mixes of The Who's tracks for a compilation. The obvious classics are here like I Can't Explain, My Generation, Substitute, Boris the Spider, Happy Jack, I Can See For Miles, Magic Bus, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again, Who Are You and You Better You Bet among others. The 1996 My Generation Best Of were remixes and left some important tracks off like I'm Free, Summertime Blues, Behind Blue Eyes, My Wife, Love Reign O'er Me, Sister Disco and Eminence Front. I first had the US edition then sold it once I picked up the Britiish edition which had a different cover and five bonus tracks of Had Enough, Don't Let Go the Coat, The Quiet One(one of the late John Entwistle's post-My Wife tracks) and the rock radio staples Another Tricky Day and Athena(a hit for The Who in 1982). This disc went Gold upon release in June of 2002 and went Top 40 and is the best start point to get into The Who. ... Read more

    18. Elvis Ultimate Gospel
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    5-0 out of 5 stars His heart belonged to Gospel
    When Elvis sings "How Great Thou Art", or "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", you can feel that these songs touched him in a way that others did not. His heart belonged to gospel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to Elvis' catalog
    I just picked up this CD, and as a huge Elvis fan, I am happy to have a lot of this gospel material included from the original mastertapes. What they have done reveals a lot of subtle features that previous releases did not.

    The reason I can't give it 5 stars is that I think they left off a few songs that are essential to ANY gospel compilation. Stand By Me, I Believe, and Where No One Stands Alone are songs I think could have been used in place of a few of the later gospel songs.

    But, I love what is here, and the sound and packaging is great. If you don't want to shell out for the 2 CD Amazing Grace or the 3 CD Peace In The Valley, this is a nice introduction to Elvis' gospel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly "Ultimate" collection
    Elvis Presley had so many great gospel songs there are sure to be disagreements about which ones belong on an "ultimate" compilation. Most every Elvis fan agrees this is a great release and would just change a song or two... of course we all choose different songs. This goes to show this is a great, great release that does about as well as can be expected in showcasing Elvis' vast talent and conviction when singing the music he loved the most: Gospel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Elvis died a sinner
    Elvis is a legend that will live on forever. He died before he became a dullard. During his life, Elvis recorded a lot of spirituals and gospel music. He sold 250 million gospel recordings. Some of these records were his most popular. They showed a different side of him. He was influenced by soul music and gospel, as much as he was by Bing Crobsy and Dean Martin. He brought it all together in one package. He looked good too. Growing up in Tupelo, most of the music Elvis heard was religious music at his church. Soon Elvis just hung out in black churches just to vibe on the sexy tunes while he forgot about the big man in the sky. Religious ecstasy was sexual energy for the young Elvis. Elvis soon heard "How Great Thou Art" on the radio. In a few years women all over the world would be telling Elvis "How great he was" in sexual ways. That is the life of rags to riches. From purity to sin. God gave us bodies. The human body is the temple. The glory is the orgasm. Sexual energy can be heard throughout this album. I could never go to church without thinking about more earthly pleasures. Just like Elvis. I don't think he attended church much after the 1950s.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT MUSIC !!! - BY THE GREATEST EVER.
    Elvis Presley was the best of the best.Just listen to his amazing voice and find out for yourself.BMG has provided the goods once again.Excellent sound quality throughout and great cover. A+++++++ ... Read more

    19. Supernatural
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    The Arista debut of Carlos Santana and band gives fans of the soulful guitar vet two albums in one, but it's a decidedly good-news, bad-news proposition. First, there's a fine collection of late-'90s-model Santana--tastefully tooled songs driven by Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms ("[Da Le] Taleo," "Africa Bamba," "Migra," "Primavera," and the emotionally charged instrumental "El Farol") that allow Carlos plenty of elbowroom for his passionate soloing. Then there's the collection of tracks featuring a lineup of de rigueur alternative and hip-hop stars, including Dave Matthews, Everlast, Rob Thomas, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Eagle Eye Cherry. To their credit, Matthews ("Love of My Life") and Eagle Eye Cherry ("Wishing It Was") muster enough chemistry to make the fusion work. But the rest of the collaborations feel like an unnecessary stretch to reach out to a younger demographic that El Jefe has little trouble attracting on his own terms. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars an amazingly superb and rhythmic masterpiece
    Having met drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez at the 1999 Berklee College of Music World Percussion Festival, (who by the way is playing drumset on track 4 of this CD), I can now say that I am one of the lucky ones who have personally experienced the true warmth and down-to-earth vibe of the Santana band, and you too can see it all evolve on Supernatural. All of us, (especially all you musicians out there) can learn at least one thing from this CD, and no matter what it may be (lyrics, Afro-Cuban/Latin styles...happiness..pain..triumph and tragedy...etc) it can and will reach your soul once you put the cd in and start listening to Carlos and friends jam out on "Da Le (Yaleo)". Another thing that I loved about this recording is how the group managed to get such incredible artists to join them (such as Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton, Wyclef Jean, Luaryn Hill...among others) and create one of the best CDs I have ever purchased. I highly recommend this album. :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Santana's Supernatural
    Artist: Santana Album: Supernatural Producer: BMG/Arista Genre: Rock Category: Rock/Pop

    With the hypnotic guitar playing and rhythm, the 70's guitar wizard Carlos Santana has come back strong from years of utter silence. For everybody in their mid-thirties, the name Carlos Santana should easily click in your memory. He is now back and as hot as ever. With songs like "Black-magic Women" and "Oye Como Va" to his credentials, the name Carlos Santana was able to attract names such as Eric Clapton, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, ex-Fugies Wyclef Jean and Lauren Hill, and Dave Matthews to join in and produce his latest album "Supernatural".

    Santana's new album "Supernatural", is a mix of South American beats, honey-sweet guitar licks and solos, and poetic lyrics that blends in harmoniously. It felt as though Carlos expressed all of his emotions into this one album, so the mood is constantly and continually changing.

    The song that officially marked Santana's return to the limelight was "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas. This catchy tune consists of a supporting cast of drums and brass, the distinct guitar licks of Carlos, and the deep, scratchy voice of Thomas. Another song that help launch his album depute is "Maria Maria" with special appearances by Everlast and Wyclef Jean. Even though the lyrics are a bit repetitive, the combination of Everlast's silky voice and hip-hop rhythm is strangely hypnotic and quickly became a FM hit. But the song that defines "Supernatural" most is "Love of My Life" featuring Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews' Band. From a production standpoint, the song is beautifully composed with every aspect fitting in flawlessly. From an emotional standpoint, this carol just somehow is able to reach into your heart, and the lyrics can be related to real life.

    Overall, this album is one of Santana's best albums. This is supported by Santana's sweep of the Grammy's Music Awards including the award for Best Album. Even though some of the tracks in "Supernatural" weren't his "best" work, the excellent ones easily eclipsed them. It is clear that he succeeded in creating sweet rhythmic music for people of every age.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! GENIUS!
    This has to be the best CD ever. I listen to it ALL the time & never tire of it. Brilliant work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just the best
    One of the best albums I have EVER heard, probably the best that I own. No matter how long its been since I last heard it, I can put it in my CD player and get right back into the groove of the songs. Smooth is just amazing, Maria Maria has a great urban feel, and the collabos with Everlast, Dave Matthews, and Eric Clapton really work well. I remember when I saw him perform at Jones Beach three summers ago -- this music was great then and its just as good now.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Barely listenable
    I've been a Santana fan ever since I was turned on to them in 1984 and consider Carlos & Co (and the various permutations of the band) one of my all-time favorite atrists. I was disappointed with SUPERNATURAL from the moment I listened to it. There is little on this album that is not re-manufactured pop, and it in no way highlights the exceptional musicianship or band interplay that Santana is known for. Songs like "Maria, Maria" and "Turn Your Lights On" are about as far from the classic Santana sound as one can get, and the entire collection of songs has the tired "let's-try-to-write-a-hit-single-and-make-some-big-money" kind of feel.

    If you are seeking Santana at their pop best, check out "Zebop" or Beyond Appearances" instead. If you want Santana at their very best, buy the first three albums and the "LOTUS" live album as each of these four are masterpieces. Avoid SUPERNATURAL. ... Read more

    20. The 50 Greatest Love Songs
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    5-0 out of 5 stars 50 Elvis Love Songs Can't Be Wrong
    An idea that looked great on paper that sounds great on cd. 50 of The King's greatest love songs. With so many Elvis collections out there, there are only a few that are essential. This is one of them.

    Disc 1 of this 2 - disc set features music mostly from the later period, but includes earlier classics "It's Now Or Never", "Surrender" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight". My favorite songs here include "It's Impossible", "I've Lost You" and the majestic wedding staple "The Wonder Of You". Also, don't overlook his mesmerizing covers of the standards "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", "Spanish Eyes' and "Make The World Go Away". Their just as electrifying as any other version.

    Disc 2 is from the early years. There are classics here like "Can't Help Falling In Love". Two tracks that I really liked are "I'll Rember You" and his version of Ray Charles' "You Don't Know Me". And don't overlook "Girl Of My Bst Friend" and "Don't" - romantic ballads at their best.

    This is a great collection. RCA really knows their stuff.

    3-0 out of 5 stars As usual with RCA, a great idea poorly executed.
    50 classic Elvis love songs on 2 remastered CDs. It must have looked great on paper. It's a collection that will appeal to the Elvis completist, the casual fan and to those who are suckers for a great romantic ballad. And since it contains songs of finding love as well as losing it, it should be able to touch all the bases. The title after all is "Greatest Love Songs" so this is the cream of the crop, right? Hmm...not if you ask me. I admit it comes close but not close enough. RCA has the ability to put all of the essentials and leave off the songs that don't work as well, so why don't they? This package does not include "It's Midnight", "I'm Leaving", "Hurt", "I Really Don't Want To Know" or "Loving Arms". But it has "Old Shep". A song about a dog. Whatever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive
    Great collection of many of Elvis' love songs (or slower songs). Album one is the early Elvis, while Album 2 is the older, Vegas-style Elvis. Together, they offer a good look at these different stages in his muscial career, which offer very disparate styles. And with 50 songs, this pretty much covers all of the "love" songs Elvis had, so it's a fairly definitive collection. For that reason, it's a great buy.

    3-0 out of 5 stars oone out of two aint bad
    I would rate this at 31/2 stars but i cant so i went with 3. The reason is that CD 2 is excellent and has really good picks and flows very nicely. I play this CD alot at work(massage therapist)and i get very favorable comments. If this was a review on this CD it would be a 5 i really love this CD. Things fall apart with the first CD. It doesnt flow but worst of all it picks some lame songs like Rags to Riches. Come on this was never an Elvis hit and is a lousy cut. someone fell asleep at the mixing board.
    Being a BIG Elvis fan i expected more but like i said the 2cd CD is great so pick it up used and enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "An excellent collection."
    Everyone's heard of the 'Elvis man'/ 'Beatles man' debate. In this world, you're either one or another; if you like '50s rockabilly, James Dean and drag racing, then you're an Elvis man. If you're an artistic hippie with long hair and a passion for India, you're a Beatles man. What with the death of George Harrison a couple of weeks ago, and Paul McCartney's new album releases, the Beatles men have been gaining popularity and notoriety. But it's here, with a re-release of some of Presley's greatest hits, that us Elvis men will prevail. While normally affiliated with his rock hits like "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock" and "All Shook Up", 'The King' Elvis Presley was also an excellent love balladeer, with this double-disc 50-song set showcasing practically every one of those tunes, be it the heart-breaking "Always On My Mind", or the eardrum-breaking "She Wears My Ring". As with other recent Elvis releases, this album also includes a special previously unreleased 'alternate take' of a song, in this case it being the superior "And I Love You So", with Presley revealing in the beginning of the track that it was written for then-girlfriend Sheila Ryan. Strangely though, unlike other greatest hits, this album goes in reverse order, with CD 1 playing tunes between 1977-'69, and the second record hearing Elvis' earlier songs of '60-'56, with unfamiliar tracks like "Don't" and "A Fool Such As I" populating it. While we do admit that the CD could be cut down by at least 10 tracks, we must say that it is an excellent collection of some of the best tunes ever recorded. We hope that wherever Elvis is now, be it heaven, hell or on an alien spaceship getting anally probed, that he remembers how great a musician he was. ... Read more

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