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Product: Audio CD
Title: You've Come A Long Way, Baby
Label: Astralwerks / Emd
Artist: Fatboy Slim
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

I am not joking when I say it's the best CD ever! Or at least for the past year it's been my favorite CD. I originally bought the single "The Rockafeller Skank" (Which took me forever. . .All I had to go on was, "Right about now, the funk soul brother! Check it out now, the funk soul brother!"), then I decided to buy the entire album because I also liked "Praise You". Well, I was MORE than pleased with this album. I liked nearly EVERY track on there (with the exception of "Build it up, Tear it Down" and a couple others) and I listened to it so often that it MELTED in my CD player. . .Just kidding. But still, I think I have listened to it nearly 500 times. I hope I never get tired of it and I hope Mr. Fatboy Slim releases another album soon. I hope it can top this fabulous release. I hope.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Michael Bolton [Columbia]
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Bolton
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
A peek at what could have been

For all of you who know Michael Bolton as this generation's Tom Jones/Engelbert Humperdink/Celine Dion, this album will come as something of a surprise. Did I say surprise? I caught the video for the song Fool's Game several times in the early days of MTV (in our town that was two years later than everyone else in the area,) and I was impressed with the song. IIRC, Michael is strutting around amidst dry ice slinging his axe and letting his hair flow while cranking out respectable AOR. Sadly it never caught on, and the next time Michael was heard from he was making middle aged fat chicks spot weld themselves to the seats in concert venues all over America. I'd like to see justice done and have the song Fool's Game included in with Michael's greatest hits at some point in the future. The thought of all those "hard-core" fans of his expecting his normal pap and getting a dose of this keeps me smiling at inappropriate times even today.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Play
Label: V2. / Bmg
Artist: Moby
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
His Best Work to Date

I was completely blown away when I first heard this cd. My roommate at the time owned this cd and I just loved hearing it everytime he played it, especially "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". "Southside" on this edition of "Play" sounds so much better with Moby's vocals alone as opposed to the new mix with Gwen Stefani (of No Doubt). There isn't one song on this cd that I hate. Not a huge fan of "Bodyrock" but it is still a good song. "Natural Blues" and "Porcelain" are other faves along with the more ambient tracks towards the end of the cd. I have yet to hear a cd where the critical praise is well deserved as Moby's Play has received.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokan
Label: A&M Records
Artist: John Hiatt
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Guilty Dogs Do It Again

If there is one thing to say about John Hiatt is his ability to write good songs. Even if you've never heard Hiatt before, you will recognize quite a few of his songs. Everyone seems to cover Hiatt. It's hard not to. His lyrics are almost poetical and the music complements well. The Guilty Dogs put on a great live show, and are brimming with raw energy. Good rock with a twang of the South to it.
If this is your first listening of Hiatt, it will take a little while to get used to his voice. His voice is a cross between grating, gravely and whiny. If you can get passed his voice, you are in for a treat (plus, his voice will eventually grow on you). The rest of the Guilty Dogs are Michael Ward, who plays some pretty amazing licks throughout this album complementing Hiatt's acoustical rhythm playing, Davey Faragher on bass and a solid Michael Urbano on the skins.
This 1994 tour provides a wide sampling of Hiatt's All-American music. "Drive South" is a rocking tune that will get your feet a'tapin', and has a flashy intro from Ward. Hiatt quiets it down with only piano on the tear-jerkin' "Have a Little Faith In Me". Check out the upbeat "Memphis in the Meantime" and the slower "Lipstick Sunset". There are so many great tunes on this album, all of them in fact.