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Product: Audio CD
Title: Imagination
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Brian Wilson
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Voice of pathos, bright-upbeat and lots of hope, he made it!


BRIAN WILSON CONTINUES TO PRODUCE TOP QUALITY MUSIC. I RECEIVED MY COPY TODAY AND AM PLAYING IT CONTINUOUSLY. I AM A DIEHARD BEACH BOYS FAN AND WILL CHERISH THIS CD AS I DO ALL OF THEM.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Two Against Nature
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
bop-funk


If you like some jazz in your pop or pop in your jazz, this is the best stuff in...well, two decades. This especially holds true if one is a bop or cool jazz fan. There's Kind of Blue all over this album. The tracks were recorded by a core of live musicians, so TvN has more of a live feel than their masterpiece Aja. The integration and communication between instruments is absolutely amazing for a studio album - a seamless conversation. If the first 7 Dan albums were beautiful 2 dimensional and lyrical chess, the Two Against Nature has a special 3-dimensional quality. While LA jazz permeates Royal Scam, Aja, and to some extent Gaucho, Two Against Nature goes straight to the 50s source (over a funk backdrop) - the heros of Fagen and Becker. The album can be snappy (Janie Runaway) or just plain gorgeous (Almost Gothic). Those songs along with Negative Girl and West of Hollywood are among Dan's finest moments. I can honestly say I rank this one close to Aja and Katy Lied. Well deserving of the Grammy accolades. However, if you are a rock fan expecting to hear a screaming Elliot Randall solo, forget it. This is not your father's Steely Dan.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Kind of Blue
Label: Sony
Artist: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Brilliant Album, but over-hyped


'Kind of Blue' is one of many truly great Jazz albums, and there is no doubt that Miles brought something totally original into the world with this album(Modal Jazz, yes, but it goes beyond that, somehow). Having said that, all the hype about this album gets a bit annoying, and I think that it actually decreased my appreciation of the music. For example, on the back of the cd case, it says "If this is your first encounter with 'Kind of Blue', be forewarned that its likely to become an indespensible part of your life". I'm sorry, but if you have not listened to the album yet and you read that, it pretty much kills the mood. It is an increadible album, however, and I simply love Coltrane's solos. If you do not like Jazz music, however, I don't see how this album will make you like it. You really do have to have a deep appreciation of good music in general to understand what the musicians are trying to convey.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Jessye Norman at Notre Dame
Label: Polygram Records
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Jessye Norman = Christmas


In just a few short years since I first heard Jessye Norman's Christmastide album, Jessye has become a voice that simply makes Christmas special for me. The grace and power she possesses are nearly unmatched in the vocal world, and her ability to shape pure emotion in her singing is uncommon. She also gets the best venues, arrangers, and performing partners. How could you beat the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris? The orchestrations and orchestra are both superb. A must have for anyone's Christmas collection.