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Product: Audio CD
Title: Corridors
Label: Pamplin Music
Artist: John Elefante
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
I listened to Kansas in the 70's, I listen to Elefante today


John Elefante is a gifted, Christian artist. He and his brother Dino have crafted a fine collection of songs that can stand alone in any music forum: pop, rock & roll, or contemporary Christian. I heard "Corridors" for the first time about six months ago. I had only been listening to contemporary Christian music for about three years, artists such as Steve Green, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Sierra. I bought the "Corridors" CD about four months ago and I cannot seem to set it aside for very long. I have enjoyed it more than probably any other CD of any other artist, Christian or otherwise. I look forward to John Elefante's future releases. He is a man after Christian music's own heart.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Dead Bees on a Cake
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Sylvian
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Hive Minded...every song full of honey!


Despite being a bit obsessed with bees(this album's title, the album SECRETS OF THE BEEHIVE, and the song "Pollen Path"), David has at last collected sweet nector and placed it into every song of this magical album.
A mixture of different colors of music such as electronica, world, new age, jazz, and solid songwriting give this album a sweet taste to enjoy and a sweet scent to follow.
Look no furthur than the first song "I Surrender". A rather long piece feauturing an electronica loop and jazz guitar, horn and flute, is a declaration of surrendering the soul to love in only a way David can convey.
"Dobro #1" is a short impromtu aching poem soothed by the twang of the dobro. Makes you want to hear the other numbers he must have done with this instrument! (Two more Dobro songs eventually ended up on the anthology EVERYTHING AND NOTHING).
"Midnight Sun" is an amazing blues inspired creation of wooden rhythms, blues gritty guitar, and a brass ensemble emulating a harsh wind backing David's accusation that "you've stolen the moon"! One of the finest moments on this collection.
"Thailheim" meanders thru what seems like two songs put together like two rivers converging. A merging sound of airy far off music and David's honeyed words.
Other standout tracks include "Krishna Blue", "Shining of Things" (weeping strings are the only backup for David's voice....it is unbelievably incredible to hear!!), "All My Mother's Names", the walking gait of "Wanderlust" and the final moment with David on "Darkest Dreaming" brings afternoon to evening.
This is an album carefully crafted with each song supporting the next finishing off with sweet words, inspired music, and of course...bees.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Born in the U.S.A.
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Best purchase I have made in a long time


Thank you, Bruce, for leaving your song "I'm on Fire" off your Greatest Hits collection! If you hadn't done that, I would probably never have bought one of the best albums I've heard in a long, long time...even if I did make that discovery about twenty years after the rest of the world.
This CD is great from start to finish, and as soon as you listen to it all the way through once, you realize why it's an American classic. There is not a bad song on here--surprisingly, the weakest songs are the singles "Dancing in the Dark" and "Glory Days." Songs that were never released as singles are the ones that sound the most original, the least commercial, and are the ones that rock the hardest. What amazes me about this CD is its ability to make me feel like I'm actually in Jersey in the mid-eighties--a fantastic trick, since during the mid-eighties I was about five years old and living in Ohio.
The album opens with the title song, which everyone knows, and promptly goes into a few that I had never heard before and immediately fell in love with. Although "I'm on Fire" is the reason I bought the album, now I can honestly say that I could not pick an absolute favorite song. The CD is just that good. Bruce's snarling vocals are great--I think that he more than anyone else owes much of his singing style to Elvis, although he most definitely made his own adjustments and tweaked it to be pure Springsteen.
I am only sorry that I can't give this album more than five stars, because that seems inadequate. This is a great one to start a Springsteen collection with.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust (EMI) [ENHANCED CD]
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of the best CDs of all time


I believe this is one of David Bowie's best creations, the music, the fantasy, it's like an on stage play. Great addition to a true Rock collection, a must have CLASSIC!