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Product: Audio CD
Title: Bridge Over Troubled Water/This Is The Night
Label: RCA
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Little Old Claydie From Clearwater


I'm 74 and I haven't been this thrilled over a singer since the Sinatra days. If he sings Stardust {Hoagie Carmicheal 1929 } I swear I will have cardiac arrest



Product: Audio CD
Title: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
At least the music's good


The music is the best thing about the "Star Wars" prequels because John Williams succeeds where George Lucas has failed abysmally. Rather than jettisoning his old work in some obsessive pursuit of innovation, Williams moves forward while reworking key elements of the original scores to create the thematic connections Lucas's plodding writing cannot possibly secure. He doesn't just duplicate his work from the original trilogy - he transposes aspects of it into an entirely new register, both musically and emotionally. "Anakin's Theme" adapts the old Imperial March into a new key, in a neat foreshadowing of Anakin's fate. While "Duel of the Fates" is not only a chilling backdrop to a lightsaber battle; its choral references to 'Carmina Burana' and other German masterworks help activate latent fears about the evils of our own time. Williams really knows what he's doing here - he seems to be the only member of the prequel crew who does. The result is music which is beautiful, intelligent and stunningly effective. If only he wrote screenplays, too...



Product: Audio CD
Title: Giant Steps
Label: Atlantic
Artist: John Coltrane
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Classic


This is one of Coltrane's classic albums - Giant Steps is up there with "A Love Supreme", "Blue Train", and "Favorite Things". The songs are short and catchy. This version of the album has several alternate takes, and it serves to double the length. Excellent disc



Product: Audio CD
Title: Josh Groban
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Many Years to Grow


Josh Groban is young enough to grow into his voice and maturity if he doesn't lose his voice from overuse or whatever before then. I like this album because it is a good cross-over from the typical classical/operatic genre to popular music making it something you can listen to while driving, working, etc. Josh could be a new Ricky Martin OR as I see him he's as good as some of the opera tenors I've seen perform. This young man should really go somewhere in his lifetime.