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Product: Audio CD
Title: High Country Snows
Label: Sony
Artist: Dan Fogelberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Real Thing


When this album first came out in the mid 80's, I listened to it apprehensively. I mean, Dan Folgelberg doing traditional-oriented country music? I had my doubts. But, I was lucky enough to work at a record store and was able to get a promo copy. Lord knows I would never have spent my hard earned cash on a Dan Fogelberg album. I took my country music seriously (still do). But one listen had me sold. From the opening notes of 'Down the Road' til the closing fade of 'The Higher You Climb,' I was mesmerized. Country Music in the mid 80's was at a crossroads, with the "young country" drivel beginning to show and traditional hillbilly music starting to fade. So it was quite nice to hear an album done in the southern style with intelligent lyrics and, most importantly, SOUL! Not the R&B kind of soul that implies a style of music, but the soul that you hear when the artist sings and plays with conviction - from the heart.I must admit, I never thought of Dan Fogelberg in that sense. I've always considered him to be a nice kind of singer songwriter mellow music man. But on 'High Country Snows,' this boy lets loose with all the vigor of any true country music singer. Top notch musicianship from top notch bluegrass and folk musicians accent Fogelberg's vocals and lyrics. My particular favorite is 'Sutter's Mill,' probably because I'm such a history buff, and this song tells the story (just like the old traditional songs used to) of old John Sutter, the man generally accepted as discovering gold in California in the 1840's and beginning (unintentionally) the infamous gold rush. Another wonderful story song is 'Go Down Easy,' creating perfect images in the listener's mind of what is happening in each verse of the tune. Actually, there is not a bad cut on the album, and I'm sure Sony could put a couple of tunes on a re-release of this disc of music originally recorded for this album but, for some reason, never included on the original.The sound quality is every bit as great as the individual tunes, by the way. The strings on the acoustic instruments ring true and clear as if they were performing in your living room.A worthwhile collection to own, and would fit in easily with the Patty Loveless 'Mountain Soul' disc, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' set, Emmylou Harris' 'Roses In the Snow, 'O Brother Where Art Thou,' and many other traditional CD's. Click around www.Amazon.com and take up their offer to allow you to listen to snippets of songs. Experiment!By the way, when I call something "hillbilly music," I do not intend that as a durogatory slur against southerners. I mean it as about the highest compliment as I can give when it comes to country music. You will NEVER hear me call this current crop of country ... like Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, and Shania Twain (just to name a few), hillbilly music. That would be a sin in my eyes.You done good, Dan!



Product: Audio CD
Title: In The Zone
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Very surprised


Ok let me start off by saying that I have NEVER been a fan of Britney, I have always thought she was trying to be Madonna. Then this cd came out and Madonna was on it so I had to buy it. Thinking that it was going to suck, I found myself singing along. Now I find myself only having her cd in my car, well not when my friends are in there, but non the less it is in there. Every song on it rocks, well not so much the second one. Toxic is the bomb along with MATM!!! So go get it.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Royal Scam
Label: Mca
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Music Royale


Royal Scam is Steely Dan's hardest album. The songs veer more into the rock category with a heavy accent on electric guitar, but they still infuse their jazz sensibilities into the mix. "Kid Charlemange" opens the album and is strong track. "Don't Take Me Alive" & "Haitian Divorce" show off the band's wry wit, the former about a guy on the lam and the latter about the benefits of pursuing that type of a dissolution of marriage. "The Fez" is one of their best songs and the title track is an extended treat. Royal Scam doesn't normally get the attention of their more popular albums, but it shows the band can go off on tangents and mix up their formula.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Lion King (1997 Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Disney
Artist: Elton John, Tim Rice, Heather Headley, Mark Mancina
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Greatest Broadway Soundtrack!!!


Lots of fun! Awesome singers! Unique instruments! Unbelievable songs and tunes! What more can I say?! This is a great CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!