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Product: Audio CD
Title: Les Miserables - The Musical That Swept the World (10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall)
Label: Relativity
Artist: Claude-Michel Schonberg, Colm Wilkinson, Judy Kuhn
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Best of the best


If you only buy one Les Mis CD then BUY THIS ONE!! Granted it is not the complete version (ok so you'll have to go buy that one too) but just the raw talent of the performers on this recording is amazing.
Philip Quast has one of the most powerful voices that I have ever heard and it fits perfectly with Javert's character. "Stars" is my favorite song mainly for that reason.
Colm Wilkinson of course is the best Valjean out there. Sometimes his little rips at the end of a sustained note are annoying but his performance of "Bring Him Home" is the best.
And finally Lea Salonga is simply perfect as Eponine. She has a powerful yet very sweet voice that conveys Eponine's sadness without sounding whiny. Her performance of "On My Own" is nothing short of FANTASTIC and is giving Quast's performance of "Stars" a run for its money in my mind. Lea Salonga is quickly becoming one of my favorite singers and this recording is what first got my attention about her.
Overall, this recording is the best Les Mis recording out there. To get the whole story buy the Complete Symphonic Recording but for just pure enjoyment in listening, you MUST get this one!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Great CD!


This CD is not just a great debut album, but a truly amazing one. Usually when I buy a CD I only love one or two tracks, may like two or three more, and either tolerate or hate the rest. Here every single song is so good it is hard to pick a favorite. I was also amazed at the variety of the songs. Clay's voice soars in the title track, "Measure of a Man". "Touch" is a very catchy and sensual song with a surprising Latin flavor that will just make you want to get up and dance. "When You Say You Love Me" introduces a little of a country flavor. "No More Sad Songs" and "I Survived You" are just powerful songs that showcase his incredible voice but with a little rock sound thrown in. "The Way" is just the type of beautiful love ballad that he is famous for. None of the songs disappoints. This is definitely a must-buy!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Silverado: Original Motion Picture Sound Track
Label: Intrada
Artist: Bruce Broughton
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
One bad movie


Sadly, I was not all that impressed by this movie. The dialogue in this movie leaves much to be desired, and the overall feel of this movie is more along the lines of a made for TV movie. I have to admit that I'm not an avid Western movie watcher, but still, I've seen many that are much better than Silverado. I will never waste my time watching this movie again.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Label: Mobile Fidelity
Artist: Elton John
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Sgt. Pepper, The White Album, then this.


This album is one of the best pop albums of the seventies. Elton was at his peak and the band was tight - at least in the studio. While everyone has heard Candle in the Wind ad nauseum, what many listeners may not realize is that for every hit on this album - title track included - this album features some of the best album oriented pop ever produced. The Ballad of Danny Bailey, Harmony, Roy Rogers, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting are the kind of story tunes that draw you in and sparkle with John/Taupin genius. While many modern albums these days give you one or two hits with a selection of poor to mediocre tunes, every song here is a gem. If you weren't around in the seventies, pick this up and listen to some of the best white bread pop ever produced. The re-mastered version actually adds to the experience. Should be in any serious collection.