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Product: Audio CD
Title: Shut Up You F**king Baby!
Label: Sub Pop
Artist: David Cross
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Fun stuff!

I normally avoid buying stand-up CDs, but this one is worth every penny. This guy is brilliant. He attacks everyone from John Ashcroft, morning crew DJs, to the Pope in this 2-disc CD. There are too many funny bits to mention, but the most memorable for me is the flag waving bit and the bit when he describes what it was like in NYC in the days following 9-11. There are, mind you, a few lame parts, like when he goes into the redneck bar fight. Sorry, but this bit goes on for far too long. Overall though, if you're in the mood for something really funny, and at times shocking, get this CD ASAP!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Room for Squares
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
a winner!

Definitely a square, but I hope this guy won't be just another one hit wonder. His first effort was definitely worth my dollar. Not for those looking for more exciting (or louder) music, he reminds me more of Steely Dan from back in the day. Soothing music, cute lyrics. He wants it to be like 1983 again in one tune, looking for his dream girl in the sandbox in another. My fave, "St Patricks Day". 2nd fave, the one I heard on the radio that got me to buy this CD (No Such Thing). In my opinion, he deserves a good look for "best new artist" when the award shows come around. Keep it up, John, and don't try to perfect your formula too much with your next effort. You've already got me hooked with this one.

Product: Audio CD
Title: As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook: Volume II
Label: J-Records
Artist: Rod Stewart
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Another Great CD!

I have a review in the "Great American SongBook Vol I"Rod is OUTSTANDING again! I bet Volume II will go double platinum like Volume I did. We want Volume III with "Fly Me To The Moon" as one of the songs. Keep up the great work!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Black Pearls
Label: Ojc
Artist: John Coltrane
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Don't Blame Coltrane

It pains me to award only three stars to someone of Coltrane's genius and talent, but he was so ill-served by the Prestige label that it's only right to point out the truth. This album features great inspired solos from 'Trane, but truly uninspired material and rather mediocre backup. It was typical at Prestige for Coltrane to enter the studio and be handed sheet music to play - he had no choice in what to play, and his own compositions were never even considered.
How sloppy did they treat this artist? The composer of the title track isn't even known (all the better, it's a simplistic ditty at best), and the final 18-minute blowing session was, apparently, something the record company president once hummed in the elevator. I'm serious, read the liner notes. When you consider the incredible strides 'Trane would make only a year later at Atlantic, you start to realize how much of his potential was wasted.
Don't get me wrong, big 'Trane fans should pick this up, and anytime the man put his lips to his saxophone it was worth recording. But he was treated poorly during his stay at Prestige, and while you don't need to know your history to enjoy the music, it sure helps.