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Product: Audio CD
Title: King Island Christmas
Label: Original Cast/King Island Chri
Artist: David Friedman, Deborah B. Brevoort
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Future Classic


I was privileged to attend a performance of this future Christmas classic at an American Library Association Midwinter conference in 1999, and I will never forget it. Each member of the audience was given a cassette recording of the performance and mine is worn out. I was delighted to buy the CD version as soon as I was aware that it existed! Each time I hear it, I love it more.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Remixed Prayers
Label: Wea International
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
not too bad for 1989


These remixes are not too bad considering that they were released in 1989. Most remixes from that time period don't change much of the song, they just extended the original bassline (that's what I've found anyways). These ones actually change a bit, especially the "Stop & Go Dubs" of "Express Yourself". But let me tell you how upset I was to find that it was only about $15.00 on Amazon.com!!! I bought these in 1992 as a Japanese Import and they cost me $50!!! Do I ever feel ripped of now. But what can you do? I needed it for my Madonna collection. If you do like the original versions of these songs, you will enjoy the remixes as well.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Die Another Day
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
great


this is the best bond song ever.it's great and original.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Best of New Order
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: New Order
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Days of open hand


New Order are among the most original bands of the '80s, and along with artists like Durutti Column or Happy Mondays, they defined the Factory label's status as the premier independent label of the '80s. "The best of.." is a perfectly good introduction to those who have never heard the band before, but to me it feels like selling out. Unlike "Substance" (which is a very worthwhile collection of 12" remixes and deleted singles), "The best of.." is a rather tangled collection of previously available material. Even worse, there's too much overlapping with "Substance" and "Technique". Also, the haphazard song sequencing doesn't allow the listener to trace the musical evolution of this great band. The "'94 remix versions" sound as if the drums had been re-recorded, but besides the better sound quality, there's nothing new to discover here. Despite these shortcomings, this album offers evidence why New Order's music is so attractive. They are often considered as an Euro-dance group, but this doesn't hit the nail on the head. Moreover, they switch between post-punk guitar pop ("Regret", "Run"), bass-heavy acid house tracks ("Fine time", "Blue Monday '88"), lovely synth ballads ("1963", "Thieves..", "Ruined.."), or arena rock ("World in motion"), and this unpredictability makes them an enigma. A new studio album is planned for release in the summer of 2000.