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Product: Audio CD
Title: Pieces in a Modern Style (Includes Bonus CD)
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
A bright flash, then something to offend anyone.


I suppose most will be drawn to this disc due to airplay/club play of the F. Corsten remix of Barber's Adagio, which can stand on its own. But rather than simply let that suffice, Orbit tapped the generosity of several other composers (via their publishers) for similar material, which was then arranged - or deranged - for samplers, synths, and a chill-seeking audience.
Among the "pieces" on the first disc, only the Adagio, Handel's Xerxes, and Beethoven's Opus 132 emerge remotely connected to their classical roots. While not the aural train wreck you might expect from other reviews - Orbit knows his way around electronica - the voicings, tempos, and liberties taken with the original melodies in most of these selections are jarring to say the least. Cavalleria Rusticana, for example, begins with a lush pad/bell statement of the very beautiful and simple melody, but then devolves abruptly into an arpeggiated cartoon that borders on the unlisteneable. And there is little to be added to Ravel's Pavane, which sounds thin and far too mechanical.
Mining classical music for contemporary audiences is not new, and will - and should - continue. Deodato, Laws, Carlos, and Tomita have all introduced orchestral works to modern audiences. This isn't one of the better efforts, though. It'll piss off the great-aunt Mary you were trying to impress, and face it, the originals just aren't that bad. Take a chance, buy some Debussy, Faure, Ravel, Satie, etc. Likely as not you'll find them even more entrancing than this collection.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Flower Drum Song (1958 Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Pleasant recording of one of R&H's smaller shows.


A fine Columbia recording of one of R&H's last musical "comedies." The cast performs well, though the conducting seems pokey. The sound is of course excellent - Columbia's always was. Better however to invest in the soundtrack on MCA, with much livelier orchestrations by Alfred Newman/Ken Darby and better vocal performances. Don't know why it's not an option through AMAZON as it was in print up to last December (1997).



Product: Audio CD
Title: Off the Wall
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Michael is Invincible


This is my favorite michael jackson album. I plan on getting the remastered special edition of this beautiful album. My favorite singles from this album are Dont Stop till you get Enough, Off the Wall, and Rock with You......No music collection should be without it....



Product: Audio CD
Title: Phone Booth
Label: Trauma (Red)
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Brilliant soundtrack


Great Movie.. Yes.. But...wheres the cool drum & bass beat in the beginging of the movie and the closing song "Six Days" during the end credits? Both of these songs I was hoping to get and arn't on this soundtrack. I don't want boring scores. IF YOUR GOING TO MAKE A SOUNTRACK PUT ALL THE MUSIC FROM THE MOVIE ON IT!!!