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Product: Audio CD
Title: Katy Lied
Label: Uni/Mca
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Best Steely Dan Album


"Katy Lied" is the best Steely Dan album, holding in its ten tracks probably the strongest set of material Steely Dan ever issued on a single record. Every song on the album is a classic and has the most impressive piano in Steely Dan's catalog. The first song, "Black Friday," is the best known song on the record. With its Fender Rhodes fade-in and a strong Walter Becker guitar solo, the song only reached about #37 or so on the Billboard singles chart. The second song, "Bad Sneakers," is an underrated classic that wasn't even released as a single. It has probably been played at every Steely Dan show in the 90's. The third tune, "Rose Darling," was my least favorite track on the album until I really listened to the harmony singing what they say, "Rose Darling (Rose Darling), my friend." "Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More" is probably, along with "Pretzel Logic," the most bluesy song they recorded. "Dr. Wu" has a legendary Phil Woods sax solo that is heartbreaking in its beauty. "Everyone's Gone to the Movies" has some of the Dan's slyest lyrics. "Your Gold Teeth II" is my favorite song on the record, with its smooth jazz drumming, crisp piano, exquisite guitar solo and great vocals. "Chain Lightning" is my least favorite song for no other reason than I sang it at a school choir concert. "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)" is one of the Dan's most delicate and un-sarcastic songs. It holds, I believe, Donald Fagen's strongest vocal on any song. Period. "Throw Back the Little Ones" has the coolest lyrics on the record. If anyone in your family wants to get into Steely Dan, this is the album to get. "Aja" and "Two Against Nature" may be the most highly regarded by the uninitiated public, but this album, no doubt about it, is the real deal.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Mirror Conspiracy
Label: Esl Music
Artist: Thievery Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Opium Den Muzak


Ever since first listening to this CD, i have been buying up anything i can find from their ESL label. Great music to get irie to. If you are into jazzy/trip-hop/dub music, you will love this CD.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993 Film)
Label: Intrada
Artist: Bruce Broughton
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
One of the last great PG-rated movies


I haven't seen Homeward Bound in almost a decade (I eventually lost the VHS tape our family bought a few months after it hit theaters), but I have so many fond memories of it as a teen. I absolutely adored this movie back then, and I still do now. Homeward Bound is wonderful for all audiences, and it isn't something parents would hate sitting through. I've been going through all the movies I loved when I was young, and nearly all of them are entertaining for everyone, and didn't try to dumb anything down for their target audience. It's a shame that there's been a somewhat recent shift in what's "suitable" even for a PG movie. PG movies are much more tame than they were from before 1996. In this day and age, it seems that all G and PG-rated movies are made for the 10 and under crowd, but back before 1996 so-called "children's" movies were enjoyable for everyone from the kids they was meant to entertain all the way up to the adults who plunked their kids down in front of them. Homeward Bound was one of the last great PG movies that everyone could love. It's exciting, adorable, and funny. These are some of my favorite "edgier" G and PG movies that don't insult children by being too tame: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990), Beetlejuice (1988), Return to Oz (1985), Labyrinth (1986), and The Last Unicorn (1982).



Product: Audio CD
Title: Songs from the Last Century
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: George Michael
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The BEST Ever!


George Michael's, "Songs from the Last Century", is his best work to date. Each song on this incredible CD is shared so intimately with the listener, that it's as though this amazing artist is whispering in your ear. Especially beautiful are "The First Time" and "Wild is the Wind." If you're not touched by George Michael's music in this CD, then I doubt that very little touches you in life.