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Product: Audio CD
Title: Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Disney
Artist: Elton John, Tim Rice
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
it has its good points....


first off, lemme just say AIDA is my third favortie musical of all time. It really is a good cd (if you ignore the screeching of Heather Headleys voice). I admit, at first i bought this just to hear my all time favortie guy, Adam =) i fell in love with him from my RENT cd, and thank goodness his voice is still just as sexy and powerful and moving! his voice alone if worth the price of this cd. He is amazing!!! Another outstanding (and usually overlooked) performer is Sherie Rene-Scott. She is so cute!!! I love her to death, she is a true performer with a wonderful voice, one that i must say far surpasses that of Heathers. Ive also seen the show, so i can say Sherie is also more pleasing to look at than Heather is =P Adam and Sherie together make for some wonderful songs on this cd, and the Elton John music isnt bad at all. I dont like the Zoser songs on this cd (Another Pyramid, Like Father Like Son) but other than that the music is quite good. If you just ignore Heather, this cd is 100% enjoyable =)



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Overall, a good album


Plastic Ono Band (1970.) John Lennon's first solo album.
In 1970, the Beatles finally broke up after a number of clashing differences within the band. Fortunately though, the break up of the band did little to discourage fans - all four members went on to successful solo careers. John Lennon had created several solo projects prior to the break up (the Unfinished Music releases, the Wedding Album, etc.), but none of them were really albums - they were more sound collages than anything else. But, following those blunders that even Beatles die-hards tend to overlook, Lennon put together the first incarnation of his solo band, which he dubbed the Plastic Ono Band. On this, his first solo album, his old Beatles comrade Ringo Starr plays drums, and his old buddy Klaus Voorman plays bass (John met Klaus back when the Beatles were a lesser-known group and they were touring Germany. He is the person that drew the Revolver album cover.) How does John's first solo album measure up? Read on and find out.
Admittingly, this album lacks the polish and the popularity of its follow-up, Imagine, but it's a solid album for the most part. One of the biggest hits of his solo career, Mother, can be found on this album. In this track, John expresses frustration toward his father deserting him and his mother dying at a fairly young age. An alternative, edited version of this song was issued as a single (the edited single version can be found on the Lennon Legend hits compilation.) Another fairly popular song that can be found on this album is Working Class Hero. In the middle-era of the Beatles career, John was heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, and that influence really shows on this track. Here, he manages to create an excellent song with excellent lyrics. A number of other, lesser popular but still excellent tracks can also be found on the album. Billy Preston, a guest pianist on Beatle albums from the latter years, also makes an appearance on this album. As the album progresses, it comes off as uneven in places, but still, many of the songs are excellent.
This compact disc reissue of the album includes two bonus tracks that were not on the original LP. The first one is Power To The People, a fairly big hit for Lennon. The track is very popular, but until now it had only been available on compilations and singles, so it's good to finally have it on an album. Next up is the highly-bizzare Do The Oz. This is a weird track which John and Yoko wrote together. Although strange, this is a better track than some people give it credit for being. Give it a chance, and it will grow on you. There were other non-LP tracks from this era that would have made good bonus tracks, too, and I wish they would have made the cut. Also, on the case, it doesn't say anywhere that these are bonus tracks, which can lead to confusion for new fans. Another thing missing from the case (which also isn't anywhere in the liner notes) is the original album release date - this album was originally released toward the end of 1970.
Overall, John Lennon's first true album as a solo artist is a good one. It's WAY better than Ringo's Sentimental Journey, slightly better than Paul McCartney's McCartney, but not nearly as good as George Harrison's All Things Must Pass (all four of these are their solo debut albums, released in the year 1970, which is why I'm comparing THEM.) If you're a Lennon fan and you've got an open mind, give Plastic Ono Band a listen. But if you're a fan who is more on the casual side, go directly to Lennon's second solo album, Imagine. Don't bother with hits compilations; they just don't do him justice.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Saving Private Ryan: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Dreamworks
Artist: John Williams
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
John Williams has composed yet another brilliant masterpiece


I first bought this soundtrack before I even saw the movie and didn't like it. But after I saw the movie(which was awesome)I listened to it again and just loved it. The music made me so sad remembering the movie and all the men that died at Omaha beach. "Hym to the Fallen" is a definite masterpiece, it gave me a huge feeling of patriotism and it didn't just make me think of the people who died in WW2 but of the soldiers from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm. Buy this CD man!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Sogno
Label: Philips
Artist:
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Trash


A disgrace to opera singers. Go try Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. Great voice? Give me a break. If there are negative stars I would give it a negative five.
Hype, hype and hype AGAIN.