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Product: Audio CD
Title: Bach: St. Mark Passion
Label: Asv Living Era
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Excellent work


For the purist, this probably will not work. It is not an attempt at a thorough reconstruction of the St Mark as performed by Bach at Leipzig, and does not pretend to be. But the music that is *known* to have been used in this particular Passion setting is now heard completely in context of a Passion performance. Rather than create spurious music for the 'missing' parts, the performers use music that was in existence at the time, and very likely known by Bach. Keiser, the composer whose music is used to fill out the missing recits and choruses, is not in the same league as JS Bach, but he is none-the-less a good composer whose music is worth hearing (Keiser's St Matthew Passion is a wonderful piece). But it is easy to tell where Bach leaves off and Keiser begins, and there are some odd key relationships that I doubt JS would have used (one Keiser recit that ends in g-minor leads to an aria by Bach in b-minor).
That being said, it should be noted that the performances are extremely well-executed, and the opening movement, "Jesu, geh zu deiner Pein," (music by JS Bach) is worth hearing for its own merits.
If you have good recordings of the two authentic Passions (St Matthew and St John) this is an excellent way to round out your collection.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Brian Wilson
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Brian Wilson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
This is one album you MUST have in your collection


To say that Brian Wilson "burst" onto the pop scene again with his 1988 solo debut would not do justice to this work of art. It's more of an explosion of sound and emotion. Get it! Put it right on the shelf with your other classic cd's! It belongs right there next to Pet Sounds, The Beatle's White Album and anything by Mozart!



Product: Audio CD
Title: HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
HIStory


"HIStory Past, Present, And Future: Book 1" is a two-disc album. The first CD is a compilation of fifteen Michael Jackson's greatest hits from 1979-1992. The second CD is his fifteen newly recorded tracks. Every track featured on this set explains why he's "the king of pop". These songs show the audience the his life paths within the times.
Every past hit is as catchy and as wonderful as the one next to it. They're taken from his previous four highly successful albums: "Off the Wall", "Thriller", "Bad", and "Dangerous". Behind his unique dance moves is some of the most unique music in the universe. His voice is wonderful. The outshining tracks featured are "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Wanna Be Startin' Something", "The Girl Is Mine", and "Thriller", which were recorded on the greatest selling album in worldwide history(26 million US, 50 million worldwide). These tracks marked new territory for pop music's future. Its high quality proves that such success was well-deserved. His musical evolution through the years is fun to follow. Whether it's disco, R&B, pop, or rock, he's mastered it.
His new tracks follow his hard times through the controversies he was faced with in 1993. Is anger and sadness are well-expressed. Every track was written well. His platinum hit singles "Scream"(duet with Janet Jackson) and "You Are Not Alone" state the album's theme. His most controversal track of his career is featured on this album: "They Don't Care About Us". Its hardhitting lyrics are performed very well. The cover singles live up to the originals: "Come Together", "Little Susie", and "Smile". Most tracks combine pop and rock. The musical theme remains one of the most unique in musical history, as his past singles.
"HIStory Past, Present, and Future: Book 1" is an essential album for any Michael Jackson fan. Every track explains why he was the #1 selling artist of the 1980's. The 52-page booklet is also worth reading, explaining the history of these tracks and of his career. Many listeners will be pleased with this album. Long live the king of pop!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Accident of Birth
Label: Cmc International
Artist: Bruce Dickinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The sequel to Powerslave...........


Excellent. Flat out. Hate to be repetitive, but, "more Maiden than Maiden"! This is the best album of it's type I've heard since I first ran a laser through Iron Maiden's classic "Powerslave". It's been a long time, and this one is an ear opener. Wish I'd noticed it sooner!Bruce and crew do a good job of crafting a collection of songs that should appeal to the same sonic tastes that enjoy Iron Madien's better works, while still creating a sound that is no mere imitation, and does have an identitty of its own. There are occasions on the first few cuts where the hat is tipped subtly to some of Iron Maiden's earliest releases; perhaps Bruce and Adrian's way of saying they miss the "real" Maiden sound?Bottom line: You won't get the most out of this album by talking about it; BUY IT. Metal the way it should be done. 'Nuff said.