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Product: Audio CD
Title: John Hiatt - Greatest Hits: The A&M Years '87-'94
Label: Polygram International
Artist: John Hiatt
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

I got turned onto John Hiatt by some of his more recent work (Walk On, etc.) but I knew I wanted to hear more of his older material. This disc is simply great! I have since listened to a great number of his older CDs, and I will say that this disc manages to truly capture the best of John Hiatt. This disc gets heavy rotation in my CD player and ranks as one of my top cruising-down-the-highway CDs. Both new and old Hiatt fans will be pleased with this collection.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Chicago - The Musical (1996 Broadway Revival Cast)
Label: RCA
Artist: John Kander, Fred Ebb, Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Chicago Shot Down!

For many, this was their introduction to the galvanising score of Kander and Ebb; the delightful cast-recording to the 1997 Broadway revival that would have never been possible without the now-legendary Encores! concert version in 1996.
The cast is uniformably excellent; Ann Reinking is a playful powerforce as Roxie Hart, Bebe Neuwirth's dry wit serves her well as the bitchy Velma Kelly, James Naughton is the epitome of suave as crooked lawyer Billy Flynn, Joel Grey is the perfect foil for Roxie as the henpecked Amos Hart, Marcia Lewis' powerful voice brings Matron 'Mama' Morton to life, and D. Sabella's breathtaking operatic chops are put to the test with gender-bending sob sister Mary Sunshine.
Rob Fisher's unparalled musical direction enlivens each and every recording that he conducts for, and CHICAGO is no exception. Brassy, well-paced and evocative, his direction is fantastic under the renowned Coffee Club Orchestra.
Ann Reinking's vocal style is fine; her singing is quite character-driven, and one can forgive her lack of singing finesse on the fact that she IS Roxie Hart, and danced the role for all its worth.
Numbers like "All That Jazz", "Funny Honey", "Cell Block Tango", "When You're Good to Mama", "Mister Cellophane", "Nowadays" and "Roxie" are all show-stoppers. I've said it many times; this score is simply dud-free, and in my opinion only rivals CABARET as Kander and Ebb's greatest score.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Whoa, Nelly!
Label: Dreamworks
Artist: Nelly Furtado
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Excellent CD

Nelly Furtado, or Nelstar as she is so eloquently refered to, is quite the musician. To put it bluntly, this is one of the most stunning debut albums to come along in a long time. The catchy lyrics and melodies never fail to astound me, there is so much here, that it's almost hard to believe she has filled this album to the brim with musical goodness. There isn't a weak track on here, that is a bold statement, but one that is completely true. Her voice is distinctive, it is immediately recognizable and so darn cool. Highlights include, "Turn off the Light", Legend, and Hey, Man. Listen and learn.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Great Lakes Suite
Label: Solitudes
Artist: Hennie Bekker, Hennie Bekker and Dan Gibson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
At the moment, my favorite Dan Gibson CD.

Not only my favorite, but also my first Dan Gibson CD, "Great Lakes Suite" is a masterpiece. This is a wonderful piece to listen to when you need to relax, are having trouble getting to sleep, or any such reason. My only complaint is that occasionally the transition between the various pieces of music sounds forced.