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Product: Audio CD
Title: Bach: Cantatas, BWV 94, 105, 168
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Sublime!


I am writing this review even though I am not a baroque or classical music expert, because there were not other reviews, which was greatly surprising to me. Although I cannot speak technical language, I love Bach. This is the most exciting Bach recording I have ever heard. I have only heard one other of Gardiner's "Bach Pilgrimage" series, which was also brilliant. This is my favorite, and now I'm ordering some of the other recordings in this series. To me, the soloists, the choir, the sound of the period instrumentation, the spiritual content of the contatas, Gardiner: everything is exquisite, sensitive. All aspects seem to have contributed to create a rare, beaming recording of very great beauty. That's all I can say. I recommend it most highly. I can't imagine that this recording would dissatisfy you.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The best pop album of 2003...Billboard says so and I agree!


Measure of a Man, albeit a 5 star album, still doesn't really measure up to Clay Aiken's early band SVV (Spewing Venemous Vomit) an old Crust Punk band that he was a member of back in Carolina. Check them out. Knowing Clay's old school punk, death metal musical tastes, he would probably also reccomend that you check out Exhumed, Dystopia, Nausea, Mortician, etc. Also, why wasn't my first review of this album ever posted??



Product: Audio CD
Title: Jesus Christ Superstar [London Revival Cast]
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Five star performance, minus one star for missing songs


This is a wonderful production of JCS, much as I remember it when I saw it during its limited run on Broadway in 2000. The singing of Glenn Carter raises this among the best versions available, and in my opinion Renee Castle's Mary is the best since Yvonne Elliman fine film soundtrack performance. The musical accompaniment is first rate and the sound is nothing short of excellent and I heard several details in the score I had never noticed before. One small doubt remains: I wasn't crazy about Jerome Pradon's Judas, whose voice was a little whiney in spots (it is a pity they didn't choose Tony Vincent to play Judas since he played this role on Broadway to great acclaim, but in this recording he plays Simon). Also, as other reviewers have mentioned, the lack of a few key songs is really inexcusable. Hopefully this will be remedied in the future. Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Madonna
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Perfect Pop Album


The Pop Stars as Madonna are 'one in a million'. Just tell me, how many pop singers can always release albums that quickly become chart-hits in more than 20 years?.

We know, Pop Music is so energic, happy and fresh, but how many pop albums can keep the freshness across the time? Definitely, Madonna has done it.

The first one on her long discography, in my opinion is her best. Not for the lyrical quality, or the 'musical richness' in itself.

The Madonna's 1983 album is important because, i think is the perfect model for a pop album. Why?, let my explain.

1- Every song is great (personally i just skip 'I Know It'), the music beats are mixed with the vocals to rich each other.

2- The lyrics doesn't talk in a deep 'scratch-your-head' level, but respect our mind (Not garbage as the BSB Or Britney lyrical stuff).

3- The great charmness and beauty of Madonna fill the voice's void that could have the vocals (Now a day, Madonna has reached a great vocal level).

4- Most of the album is filled with great hits (is constant track by track, the point that the MJ's Thriller didn't reach).

5- The album is now-a day still playful and fresh, even many new-pop radio stations play the singles Holiday, Lucky Star and Borderline.

6- The Remaster has given 'new life' at the original CD release (more than 10 years ago). The sound is pretty clear and the transfer looks so well with any conventional cd-player (a perfect meaning of a Remaster in stereo).

Depite of that, just think this one is a very enyoy-full dance album. with a very good 80s sound, minimal dance armonies mixed up with Synth-Pop (Thinking about it, this one is better than many Synth-pop New Wave albums like the Soft Cell works).

In other words, this a perfect pop album

Just push play and enjoy 'Holiday' (the complete 6 minutes version) over and over...