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Product: Audio CD
Title: Yigi Yigi
Label: Indigo
Artist: David Hudson
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
The earliest analogue synth ?

I bought this on impulse after hearing one of the tracks playing in an indigenous art shop, and upon a few listenings, it's quite amazing. Coming from a electronica background the sound reminds me of analogue synth ambient, like, say, Andrea Parker. Rich resonances and some transients so sharp I find it hard to believe that they are produced vocally.On the down side it tends to repeat one bar over and over, and even the lovely sounds tend to start to wear after a while, since the didgeridoo is the only instrument for the whole 50-odd minutes.It's begging to be sampled and remixed.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Hits: The Very Best of Erasure
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Erasure
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5

Erasure first released a greatest hits 11 years ago in 1992 titles Pop 20 Hits. Come 2003, their record company releases their second compilation, but fans may be disappointed cos out of the 20 songs, 12 were available already on Pop 20.
The CD covers the hits from 1986 - 1992 comprehensively but misses a great deal of the later work from 1994 - 2003. I Say I Say I Say is represneted by only Always while Run To The Sun and I Love Saturday are glaringly missing. From Erasure, Rock Me Gently is not included. The biggest travesty is the omission of the excellent Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me from Cowboy.
There is a bonus CD of Erasuremegamix of 18 of the songs from Disc 1. Serves good as an icing on the cake but still, could have been better if this second CD is devoted to the 15 singles released after Pop 20. The record honchos should take a cue from Pet Shop Boy's recent anthology. This compilation just doesnt do much justice to the enegetic disposition of the band.Buy the DVD includes all their videos and much more extra footage.

Product: Audio CD
Title: It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook
Label: J-Records
Artist: Rod Stewart
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
It Had to Be You....The Great American Songbook

I love Rod Stewart's new CD - It Had to Be You. It is an absolutely dreamy mix of old songs made new by Rod Stewart who adds more than a little to their magic. Everyone that I have shared the CD with has loved it. This CD goes along with the Rod Stewart concert that is being shown often on A&E. I recommend this concert because it shows a classy Rod Stewart performing his magic. Tune in. You won't regret it. Whatever you do, buy this CD.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Along for the Ride
Label: Red Int / Red Ink
Artist: John Mayall & Friends
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Saturday night jam session raised to new heights

I've got to admit up front, I am prejudiced. I love this kind of music. This new release is like a Saturday night jam session with some of the oldest and newest but always greatest artists stopping in to play with an established veteran of good music. Music you can tap your foot to based in blues, gospel, funk, and rock. How can you argue with soloists like Gary Moore, who somehow has made guitar notes exploding like the 4th of July his mantra, to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame, to Stevie Rae Vaughn's rhythm section, to Steve Miller, or the many Fleetwood Mac vets including original guitartist and forever great Peter Green, and the ripping Johnny Lang, to even the young but extremely powerful teenaged Shannon Curfman whose simply amazing vocal talent and lilting but emotion squeezed guitar gives me total faith for the future. Not every cut is my favorite, but some are absolutely fabulous, and all are right there. Hey, it's a jam session. Thank you, John Mayall, for having such great friends and for inviting a mix ranging from Otis Rush and Billy Preston to Shannon Curfman and Johnny Lang. I really really like this CD and recommend it without reservation.