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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
The Genius of Miles Davis


To hear this 1959-recorded album today, in remastered sound, is a true joy. Miles Davis has recorded tons of albums, but this remains the most famous of them all, for good reason.
"Kind of Blue" is the pinnacle of "improvisation in jazz", as the really great liner notes put it. Starting with the first track "So What", the album puts on display the genius of Miles Davis, over and over again. Despite the free-flowing arrangements (or maybe because of them), the album does create a "blue mood", to great effect. Very interesting also is the addition of the bonus track, an alternative take of "Flamenco Sketches".
Even for those that are not die-hard jazz fanaticacs (such as myself), you will thank yourself for buying this album. An essential in anyone's CD collection.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Bruce's Finest Hour


The conventional wisdom is that this album, released on vinyl in 1978, was Springsteen's concession to the Punk and New Wave revolutions. That theory would explain a lot. The production bombast that marred too many of his other albums is relatively under control here, resulting in some fantastic music indeed. "Adam Raised a Cain" is as great a song as Springsteen has ever done, with an electric guitar solo that positively burns. "Something in the Night," "Candy's Room," and "Streets of Fire" also belong on the A-list of Bruce tunes. "Prove It All Night" is a perfectly crafted pop song. "Badlands" sounds like a holdover from the BORN TO RUN era, and it is one song in which the Boss's vaunted lyrics really live up to the legend. No Bruce album is complete without some heavy-handed odes to Joe Sixpack ("The Promised Land," "Factory," and "Racing in the Street") but even these are pretty tolerable. The case could even be made that this is one of the five best albums of the late 1970s. Ah, if only Springsteen had made more albums like this one.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Essential Bruce Springsteen
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Buy some Bananas instead!!!


(updated)Don't get me wrong, I am a big Bruce fan.I give it two stars not because it is bad or anything like that. It's just that we have been given the same old songs again, re-re-remastered and re-re-re-released for the nth time.Tell me, honestly, don't you have all these songs? And all the live stuff simply pails in comparison. Just release a new album and get it over with... But no, they want more money from us again... gullible fans. They just know we'll buy anything with the name Springsteen on the cover. Then just wait a year, they'll announce that they'll release it on DVD-audio and will buy it again. They've got it going as far as how to make money, not music. Man, if you want to succeed in life, just buy some shares or stocks of our dear friends at Sony or whoever is manipulating the public. It's a show biz scheme, and they know it.
Instead buying these same songs over again I went ahead and bought some NEW music buy another veteran group and one of my all time favorite bands...DEEP PURPLE. Their new album -Bananas- is easily the best album I have heard this year, knocking -Say You Will- by Fleetwood Mac down to second place. Bananas has great songs, terrific musicianship, fantastic production and a perfect running order. BRAVO DP!!! Thank God for artists who are willing to give their fans something new and wonderful.
The Essential Bruce Springsteen : 2 StarsBananas: 5 stars (check out the positive reviews on Amazon)
Mandy



Product: Audio CD
Title: Voices for Gilda
Label:
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
I was a friend of Gilda's


As someone who knew and loved (and wrote for) Gilda, I sometimes view tributes that are done in her honor with a consideration of what she would've thought of the gesture. She would've LOVED this CD. For many reasons. First of all, the artists who are represented and gave of themselves as well as their talents would've touched her heart in an indescribable fashion. Gilda was an artist who knew what it was like to create - so these songs that were donated both in her honor and for the wonderful cause that bears her name (Gilda's Club) are indeed the greatest gifts fellow artists could have given her. Secondly, Gilda knew just about everyone represented on this CD personally. She loved Paul Simon's music. No one made her laugh harder than Steve Martin. Paul Shaffer, Billy Crystal, and Victor Garber were among her oldest friends. And she had a crush on Gene Wilder. Last, but hardly least, Gilda loved being the center of attention. And if she is in a place where she somehow knows what all these wonderful people did in her name and honor, I know she's be smiling. This CD is great.