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Product: Audio CD
Title: Russell Watson · The Voice
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Definitely...THE VOICE!


This album is as listenable and as pleasant as they come. Not since I found Eva Cassidy have I listened to an album as often in the first few days as this one. Most anyone, save a few purists, will really enjoy it. If you REALLY know your opera, you'll find the singing flawed. Though unschooled and no opera fan, even I detected some sloppiness and lack of control here and there. The arrangements and production are a bit over the top, far too often hysterically upstaging "the voice." "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is a waste of time... it's simply a cover of S&G's arrangement and styling. And I don't appreciate the layered Celtic Enya ripoff, even though it's sung with her sister. "Barcelona" and "Vienna" are way cool and I'd like to see him move in this direction... it's exciting and rarely explored territory. My wife's comment upon her first hearing: "He's sure no Domingo or Pavarotti, but play it again..." Yep... play it again.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Dreamland
Label: Arista
Artist: Robert Miles
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
For soundtrack fans and string orchestra players


I'm not really into "Techno" or whatever type of music this is, but I picked it up because I liked the song "Fable" which was used in the Trailer for "Ever After." I was really impressed with the rest of the CD, and have since purchased more of his work, even though I haven't gone out and purchased the same type of music by other musicians.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Thriller
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
review the sacd not the cd


Please, please stop mixing reviews of cd's w/ sacd's, and dvd-audio discs!! Anyone in this area does notneed to be told what a "cool song Beat It is " If we are in this area we want to know the difference the sacd provides. Tell us about the mix Ect.!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Ragtime - The Musical (1998 Original Broadway Cast)
Label: RCA
Artist: Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Great score, great cast, great recording


As another reviewer said, "If this is the new Broadway, then things ain't bad." While honoring the skillful integration and artistry of Rodgers and Hammerstein and other composer/lyricists of the past, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and librettist Terrance McNally march even further forward. Dialogue, music and lyrics seamlessly blend to create a rich, moving, exciting new whole. McNally's book has flaws, especially in the second act, but the Flaherty/Ahrens score is always magnificent. Again, it honors the musical styles of the era the show takes place in (turn-of-the-century Harlem and New York), but feels thoroughyl contemporary and new at the same time, and is never less than riveting. There are standouts in the score, but too many to name here. And what can you say about this cast that hasn't already been said? That Brian Stokes Mitchell is both charistmatic and compelling as Coalhouse, with a voice that, again, is worthy of Alfred Drake and other great baritones of the past but has a style and power all its own? That Marin Mazzie, while a bit awkward in her dialogue, has one of the most passionate and powerful belts you are ever likely to hear? That there never has and probably never will be a singer and actress quite like Audra McDonald, in her third Tony-winning performance here? That Peter Friedman is truly touching as Tateh? That Stephen Sutcliffe, the under-rated member of this cast, is so good at sweeping you up in the excited ideealism of Younger Brother? That Lynnette Perry, Judy Kaye, and Tommy Hollis are delightful, rousing, and wise and believable as, respectively, the real-life figures Evelyn Nesbit, Emma Goldman, and Booker T. Washington? You've surely heard it all before, but it still bears repeating: they are that good. In all honesty, who can top them? It will be very hard, but nevertheless, I hope and am sure Ragtime will always be with us. The score and so much of the overall show are too good to not be enjoyed by each new generation and those who never saw this original cast, even if it's close to impossible for any new cast to top them. But thankfully we will always have this (very complete) CD to remind us of the brilliance of everyone involved with the original production.