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Product: Audio CD
Title: Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits
Label: Island
Artist: John Mellencamp
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Ode To The Man From Indiana

OVERVIEW: 25 years and 16 albums later, we're treated to the Mellencamp collection we've been waiting for. It was only a matter of time before a new & improved digitally remastered 2-cd set came out - and here it is! Mellencamp's last compilation is now obsolete - with all the songs from "The Best That I Could Do" being here, minus one song "Without Expression" (of which I hardly miss). This is truly a beautiful collection of Mellencamp's best work.

WHAT YOU GET: 2 discs, 37 tracks - all digitally remastered. 2 new songs - "Walking Tall" and "Thank you" (featuring some great slide guitar). A 10 page booklet listing all the tracks, the players and the albums they came from. The notes say these tracks were chosen and arranged by the artist himself. All 22 "Top 40" songs of Mellencamp's are represented here... including the standards "Hurt So Good", "Jack & Diane", "Crumblin' Down", "Pink Houses", "Authority Song", "Paper In Fire", "I Need A Lover", "Small Town", "R.O.C.K In The USA", "Key West Intermezzo", and more.

EXTRAS & MISC: A bonus DVD is included containing a mere 5 tracks - 1 song 'live', and 4 videos. The albums of Mellencamp are all represented on "Words & Music", minus his first 2 (somewhat obscure) releases. You'll find no songs from "Chestnut Street Incident" (1976), or "Kid Inside" (1977) with probable good reason. Mellencamp's ("Cougar" at the time) self titled album featuring "I Need A Lover", followed by "Nothin Matter's And What If It Did" is where this collection starts. "American Fool" (1982) is where Mellencamp gained his fame featuring stronger song writing with hits, "Hurt So Good" and "Jack & Diane". The success of "Uh Huh" in 1983 (featuring "Pink Houses" and "Crumblin' Down") forever would make Mellencamp a household name. "Scarecrow" is best represented on "Words & Music" with 5 songs taken from it. The album "Whenever We Wanted" has 4 songs on this collection and there are several albums that had 2 or 3 songs taken from each. You'll find one hit ("Teardrops Will Fall") from his most recent (2003) studio album "Trouble No More". A few of my personal (non hit) favorites are missing like "Melting Pot", "Hot Dogs & Hamburgers", and "Circling Around The Moon"... but I can live with that. Like so many "Best Of" compilations, there can be hits and misses. This one from Mellencamp is a definite HIT. 2004's "Words & Music" is THE most complete 2-disc package to date from John Mellencamp.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Off the Wall
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
This Is The Michael I Like!

I've bought this album and listened to it,and it's very nice,mellow,cool,down-to-earth side of Michael,that I like.At this time in his career he's trying to find his niche as a solo artist and he's a bit unsure,but he goes for it!And he and Quincy did a GOOD job.This is the Michael I like because I feel he was much more humble,sweet and innocent,plain,simple and cool!I liked the idea of him showing just his legs and shoes with the socks glowing.That was a cool,creative idea.I liked that look for the first album.It showed less showiness too.It gave it a interesting touch,like "who is this guy,and what's he all about?"Its just that (to me) he didn't seem like he was about and into being #1,he was just showing the world "the young adult Michael Jackson,who is doing (or shall I say trying something out on his own)."Cause see with "Thriller" (to me),he got big-headed!And turned into somebody else when fame hit him!(Though I do like that album alot).So I like "Off The Wall",my favorite songs would have to be "Off the Wall",and "Rock with You".

Product: Audio CD
Title: DERAM Anthology
Label: Polygram Int'l
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
earliest recordings by bowie

amazing and original unique album by the young david bowie before ziggy stardust. this album really shows all the talent he had and that he was going to be a star. the music is very diffrent and unique and a little theatrical but still a work of art. i recomend this for anyone with musical taste or anyone who is a hardcore bowie fan. this album isnt for everyone but it is a unique innovative original album i recomend to anyone who loves bowie. it's an essential. this album grows on you.

Product: Audio CD
Title: San Juan Suite (Vol. 2)
Label: Narada
Artist: Michael Gettel
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5

I have owned San Juan Suite Vol 1 for over 12 years now and pretty much wore out the tape before I bought the CD. It is an awesome CD.
Vol. 2 turned out to be a HUGE disappointment. The sound is totally different, and he uses a strange, low, synthesized sounding instrument in addition to the piano on almost every song. It is dull and actually annoying, and the songs sound very similar, not creative.
Avoid this one, stick with Vol. 1.