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Product: Audio CD
Title: Mind Games
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Too Many Games...but great Entertainment


Mind Games is an album seeing Lennon return to his rock/pop roots while maintaining his beliefs in politics, spirituality and love. For me this album fuses many of the important elements in his previous albums (Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Sometime in New York.) The first track is ofcourse Mind Games which (if you are a Lennon solo fan) most people have heard of. Lennon was known for procrastination and leaving many elements out of songs. Mind Games left out many guitar parts and cut out many other forms of instrumentation as well. Yet we are left with an song that is clean, somewhat repetitive and sweet. The next song Tight As, is an example of Lennon's ability to break into an amazing jam session and pull off a decent track. While Tight As is at times dragging it maintains a rocking beat with humourous lyrics. Aisumasen (I'm Sorry) is a song that had me questioning why he had to include his wife's name. After reading several books and articles on Lennon I feel that if he had not displayed his wife quite as much he might have had more commercial success in the States. Aisumasen does maintain a tender love ballad and is reminiscent of his work on Plastic Ono Band. One Day (at a time) seems to be weak, however after several listens I determined that if you give the song a chance its not so bad after all. The song does show Lennon being a man far ahead of his time, the song probably was vital in being one of the songs that shaped the music of the 1980's. Bring on the Lucie (Freda Peeple) for me is the most powerful song on this entire album. I am suprised that it was not included on the John Lennon Collection. The rest of the songs seem to be fillers with the exception of I know and Out of the Blue (which could have been dusted off material from Imagine.) All in all this album is one that has been sorely over-looked by the public. Perhaps if Phil Spector had produced the album it might have been a bit cleaner or more of a commercial success. I think this album demonstrates that Lennon was a complete indivudal and a brillant singer/songwriter.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Blue Lines
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Massive Attack
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Sorry for my previous review, this is really good album


Yes! I am the idiot that thought that "Blue Lines" is not a good album. Luckly, it was a mistake! The album is really good, the rap is really calming, and the vocalists Shara Nelson and Horace Andy are doing sucha great job! My current review is just a proof that this album is so special, that you need more than one time to hear it. I recomment it to anyone who is into music!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Adore
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
A polished gem


Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins have crafted an intricate web of sadness, love, and dreams in this album. As many other reveiwers have stated, upon first listen to this CD, i was a little disappointed. None of the tracks seemed to stand out as a masterwork, none of them grabbed me. That's because i wasn't listening hard enough. I was mindlessly waiting to be blasted with the riffs and wails of BWBW or Cherub Rock. But i always give the Pumpkins the benefit of the doubt - they will always have my supreme faith that they are not capable of making crap. They just wouldn't allow themselves to put out music that didn't stir their souls in some way. After listening to the CD a few more times, i realized the errors of my thinking. EVERY song was a masterwork in some way or another. The poetic lyrical genius that fills songs like "To Sheila" and "Annie-Dog" make this CD a work of art. The musical craftsmanship in songs like "Tear" and "Behold! Then Night Mare" makes your head spin. The subtle lyrics and melodies haunting "Blank Page" and "Shame" echo through you hours after you've listened. "For Martha" is the single most moving song i've ever heard. The first time i listened to it - i mean really LISTENED to it, I cried my eyes out. What depth, what expression, what sheer beauty! Adore refreshes you, saddens you, and makes you feel a bit more whole each time you listen. I wish every band had the nerve to make something like this. It's not what the people on MTV want you to hear, it's not what the mainstream radio thinks is cool, it's not anything that any other band today is capable of making. You can sit there and subject yourself to the recycled, empty, unspirited songs of trashy, trendy, mindless "alternative" bands like Third Eye Blind, Semisonic, Eve 6, or virtually anyone else on the radio today; or you can be uplifited and edified by what you listen to. I suggest the latter, and there is no better band to achieve that with than The Smashing Pumpkins.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Mosaic: Best of
Label: Grp Records
Artist: John Klemmer
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
I know it will be great!


I actually came to this sight looking for the Barefoot Ballet record..or hoping it had been released on CD) and I found this, which also has Barefoot Ballet on it. Klemmer's music holds so many memories for me..I listened to it incessitantly in the 70's! It evokes such powerful feelings that mere words cannot describe. I am Janice from California (relocated to Sharpsburg, GA)..e-mail me at jgabr92262@aol.com if you have Klemmer memories to share!