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Product: Audio CD
Title: I'll Lead You Home
Label: Reunion
Artist: Michael W. Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Another Blessing from MWS


This album shows Michael as a very different musician than we saw when he debued over a decade before. This album has many slower songs with orchestral accompanyment. However, the man is still a musical poet. These lyrics are probably more geared to an adult audeince than a teen one, but is still a great album.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Hotel Costes, Vol. 5: Cinque
Label: Wagram Records
Artist: Stéphane Pompougnac
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Another Good Collection


I have really gotten interested in electronia and trance type music in the last few years and this is a solid addition to my collection.
I recently purchased the 4th volume in this collection and was very pleased with it. I saw this reviewed on Amazon and I decided to give it a try. I am very happy. I especially like Ponger Star and Cocaine (is a sin). A very festive bit of music to listen to to give yourself a lift. The only song I am not a big fan of is "One Night in Rio" because it doesnt seem to fit the rest of the collection, however, overall the disc is well worth the money.
Good stuff.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Looking Back
Label: Polygram Int'l
Artist: John Mayall
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
okay collection


A collection of singles and odds and ends from Mayall's period with Decca [UK]/ London [US], roughly 1964 to 1966 [according to the "Twenty years On" liner notes on the CD version] like the 1971 collection feature the work of Roger Dean on two tracks, Eric Clapton & Jack Bruce on one cut, one with Mick Taylor and Peter Green on the reamining seven tracks.
"Mr James" an early B side is a nice cut, "Blues City Shakedown" is unremarkable, the Clapton/Bruce [with Hughie Flint on drums] take of "Stormy Monday" which remained unreleased up to that point, sounds like a live cut, possiby from the same show that produced "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" on the Clapton Crossroads set.
"So Many Roads" features Mayall's vocal through a Leslie speaker and Peter Green on signature guitar with great tone and reverb and features subdued horns. "Looking Back" features the horn more prominently, but not in a bad way. It's a nice bouncy almost soulful track. "Sitting in the Rain" is a nice subdued blues. "It Hurts Me Too" is also unremarkable blues. "Double Trouble" features Green doing tasty tasty bends, possibly a forerunner to Fleetwood Mac's "Before the Begining." "Suspicions [Pt II]" featuring Taylor is more horn driven, and I recommend Part I from the 'Thru The Years' collection much higher. "Jenny" is Mayall and Green dueting on sad mournful blues, a real gem on this record. Finally, "Picture on the Wall" with Peter on steel guitar [proabaly lap steel, not the country pedal steel] is another great gem.
Overall, a decent collection, but not the place to START exploring the influential Mayall.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming guitars Of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant
Label: Razor & Tie
Artist: Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Speedy West mediocre?


I saw the comments of some here about speedy west not being very good. I just wanted to say the cuts on this album are not very representative of some of his best work. There is a CD put out by a european company of about 30 tracks of stuff from his days on the tennesee ernie ford show that are hands down much better than this material.