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Product: Audio CD
Title: The First Day
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Sylvian & Robert Fripp
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

An outstanding collaboration between two giants of "art-rock". Sylvian is the frontman and songwriter that Fripp has always been in need of. Fripp rips throughout....I am not aware of any other album where he lets it all out in such a fierce manner. Silent partner Trey Gunn on chapman stick and drummer Jerry Marotta lay down some sinewy and funky grooves. It is a shame that Sylvian and Marotta declined the invitations to make this King Crimson...perhaps this perfect union could have lasted for just "The First Day".

Product: Audio CD
Title: Mass
Label: Sony
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Great music, stupid narrative

There is some great music here - some of the most melodic pieces Bernstein has done since "West side story". The narrative, however, is so-o-o-o sixties - in a bad way. Eventually, the priest in this one throws the Eucahrist to the ground as he loses faith. How daring (not!). How promethean (not). How brilliant (not). Too bad Bernstein couldn't just stick to writing a straight liturgy without the trendy nonsense. It would have been so much better.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Olivia's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Label: Mca
Artist: Olivia Newton-John
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Fall in love with Olivia all over again

Olivia Newton-John will always be one of my favorite singers. As a little kid all excited at the prospect of seeing the movie Grease, little did I know that on that night a sweet singer/actress from Australia would leave me dazed and bedazzled by my first sighting of a beautiful woman; I've been looking for my own Olivia ever since then, a cute Sandra Dee type who, under the right circumstances, can magically turn into a wild, extremely hot show-stopper. I don't think some people these days realize just how wildly popular Olivia was in the late 70s and early 80s, the era from which these tracks are taken. Physical was atop the charts just short of forever, and for that day and age the single was a delightfully suggestive little song (at least for a kid like me), if you can consider anything sung by an angel to be suggestive. The earliest recordings featured in this collection go back to 1978: from the Grease soundtrack come Hopelessly Devoted To You (one of the best love songs ever) and You're the One That I Want (a duet with John Travolta that I will certainly never forget thanks to the movie), while the scale-climbing A Little More Love is taken from Olivia's Totally Hot album. 1980's Xanadu may not be a critically successful movie, but it provides us with three great hits: the infectiously upbeat Xanadu (with ELO), Magic, and Suddenly (a really nice duet with Cliff Richard). Olivia's best-selling Physical album from 1981 provides only two tracks: the mega-hit Physical single and the rather sultry Make a Move On Me. The remaining two tracks, the memorable hit Heart Attack and Tied Up, were, if I'm not mistaken, recorded specifically for this greatest hits album.
There are better, more comprehensive greatest hits albums on the market today (ones featuring the earlier hits not included on this collection), but for a long time this was the Olivia Newton-John greatest hits album to have, featuring Olivia's best hits from the years she basically ruled over the world of female vocalists. Her voice is timeless and remains plaintively beautiful to this day. Whenever I listen to this album, I have to wonder why I haven't been listening to it every day for the last twenty years. Pure beauty never goes out of style, and no female singer has ever equaled the beauty of Olivia's voice, body, mind, and soul.

Product: Audio CD
Title: On the 6
Label: Sony
Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Great actress, not a great singer.

I think Jennifer Lopez is a talented actress and dancer, but I don't think she has much of a singing voice. The best song on her CD is "No Me Ames", and that's thanks to Marc Anthony. Her voice isn't anything special and she can't even hold a note for long. She should just stick to acting and save her singing for when she's in the shower.